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Commission to unveil televised leaders’ debates producer in ‘next few weeks,’ says Cormier

By Beatrice Paez       

There’s an inherent tension at play between journalism’s interest in news value and the public interest, says Elly Alboim, former CBC News Hill bureau chief, who doesn't think debates should be treated as a 'journalistic exercise.'

The Leaders' Debates Commission includes former Reform Party MP Deb Grey, former NDP MP Megan Leslie, former governor general David Johnston, and former cabinet minister John Manely. The other members, not pictured, are entrepreneur Craig Kielburger of WE, Jean LaRose of the Abenakis First Nation of Odanak in Québec and former APTN executive, Quebec judge Louise Otis, and University of Ottawa professor Chad Gaffield. They were all selected by the commission. The Hill Times file photographs

Canada’s first-ever televised leaders’ debates commission is close to revealing the producer that will organize the two debates for the upcoming vote, with a decision expected to be announced in the “next few weeks.”

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'

Throne Speech steeped in British parliamentary tradition dating back to at least the 16th century

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy 11:58 AM ET
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

News|By Aidan Chamandy 10:58 AM ET
MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.

‘Thou shalt be there,’ government whip tells MPs as high-stakes minority Parliament kicks off Thursday

News|By Palak Mangat
In a minority Parliament, co-operation between parties is now an 'imperative, as opposed to something that we would try to do,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland.

‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
Incumbent House Speaker Geoff Regan says he expects MPs will be largely influenced by their peers' assessments of the candidates in casting their ballots for the new Speaker.

Political ties, not diplomatic bona fides needed for next Canadian envoy in D.C., says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
‘From a U.S. perspective, the relationship between the ambassador and the prime minister has to be extremely close,’ says Michael Kergin.

‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.

Parliament security labour standoff nearing end of the road

Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.

French envoy defends Macron’s NATO comments as ‘brave’

French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.
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