Debates Commissioner says Bernier meets the factors for inclusion in the debate.
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has been invited to participate in the Federal Leaders debate.
There will be an English language debate on October 7th, and a French language debate on October 10th.
It originally appeared Bernier would be excluded from the debates, but the Debates Commissioner has conducted “further evaluation” and determined that Bernier and the People’s Party meet the requirements for inclusion in the debate.
Here’s what the commissioner said:
“With the benefit of more recent information, I am of the view that the PPC has attracted a significant number of party members, has established a notable presence in the media and on the political landscape and, based on recent polling data, has achieved a reasonable chance of success in more than one riding,” says Johnston. “All of these factors together enable the PPC to satisfy two of the criteria established in our Order in Council.”
Bernier’s inclusion in the debates will widen the range of views Canadians are able to hear and consider, as Bernier has challenged establishment political thinking, particularly on immigration, Canada’s relationship with the United Nations, foreign aid, and much more.
The debates just got a lot more interesting.
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