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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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'