Online consultation on political party leaders’ debates
The Prime Minister has directed the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, to bring forward options to create an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders’ debates during future federal election campaigns, with a mandate to improve Canadians’ knowledge of the parties, their leaders, and their policy positions.
Leaders’ debates play an essential role in Canada’s federal elections. They engage Canadians in the electoral campaign by providing a chance to directly view the party leaders vying to become Prime Minister and allowing voters to compare their policy positions.
We are eager to hear from you about the changes that you would like to see as part of this initiative, and we are seeking your input until February 9, 2018.
Your feedback will be used to inform policy work to create an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders’ debates. The goal is to have a new structure in place for the 2019 federal election period. A summary of the input received from Canadians on this issue will be developed and will be made public.
Thank you for your time and participation in this important conversation about our democratic process.
- Minister’s news release (launch of public consultations and roundtables)
- Mandate letter from the Prime Minister to Minister Gould
- Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs’ study on the “Creation of an Independent Commissioner Responsible for Leaders’ Debates”
- Colloquium report on “The Future of Leaders’ Debates in Canadian Federal Elections” prepared by the Institute for Research on Public Policy and Carleton University’s School of Journalism and the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management
On behalf of the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Privy Council Office is seeking input from Canadians to inform policy decisions about the creation of an independent commissioner to organize political party leaders’ debates during future federal election campaigns. Your participation in this consultation process is encouraged, but is voluntary.
The Privy Council Office will use the input you provide as part of this consultation to inform policy work on the governance of political party leaders’ debates. In addition, the Privy Council Office may publish a summary of findings from this consultation. This summary may contain excerpts of your input and/or may include your entire submission of input.
If you would like to continue, please provide your input in the open text field below. In sharing your views, please ensure that you do not include any sensitive personal information, such as your social insurance number or medical history. If your feedback includes unsolicited personal information for the purpose of attribution (e.g., name, professional affiliation), the Privy Council Office may choose to include this information in a summary of findings from this consultation. By willingly providing your name and professional affiliation, you are considered to be giving consent for the public release of this information in the summary of findings.
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