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We need something better than televised leadership debates, we need content

By Michael Harris      

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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Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
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Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
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Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.

Reboot of Trudeau ‘from sunny to serious’ a recognition Canadians want a serious prime minister, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
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