Politics is chess, not checkers. If the public is to be well-served, it will have to better informed. A good place to start would be to modernize the way the networks conduct public debates during an election. Up until now, the guiding principle seems to have been to come up with a format where the participants can be glib rather than forthcoming—and get away with it.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer should both be answering serious questions substantively before Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 21, and the televised leaders' debates do not offer the best format for that to happen, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—When political spin machines meet the public’s legitimate need to know, the winner is usually confusion.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.