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View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, the debates commission came out Monday with their report on the 2019 election debates. They recommended against many of the unilateral rules the Liberal government imposed because they delegitimized the commission.
They recommended that the commission be established through legislation so that there would be parliamentary accountability. They recommended that next time, all political parties in the House of Commons should be consulted on the appointment of the commissioner. Finally, they recommended that the participation criteria should be set by the commission and not the Liberal government.
Will this Liberal government admit that their dictatorial approach to this debates commission was an affront to Canadian democracy?
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
No, Mr. Chair, it won't surprise my honourable colleague that we won't admit to that because she knows it's not accurate.
We have always believed that debates play an essential role in the electoral process. They should be fair. They should be put together in a transparent way. We've taken note of the Right Honourable David Johnston's report. We're obviously looking at it carefully, and I look forward to receiving suggestions from all members on how we can implement the recommendations of this very worthy report.
Unlike the Conservative government, under former prime minister Harper, we don't seek to—
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you very much for the “mansplanation”.
As the former shadow minister for democratic institutions, I think I know very clearly how the debates commission was set up.
Will the Liberal government start respecting democracy and apply these crucial recommendations for the next election debates?
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
Again, Mr. Chair, we take no lessons from the Conservatives on respecting democracy.
We're proud of the report. We look forward to working with all members to implement those recommendations in the appropriate way.
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Chair, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, a report entitled "Democracy Matters, Debates Count: A report on the 2019 Leaders' Debates Commission and the future of debates in Canada”.
Mr. Chair, on behalf of all of us, I want to thank the Right Honourable David Johnston for his continued service.
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