Leaders’ Debates Commissioner David Johnston has confirmed that leaders of five political parties will be invited to participate in the upcoming election debates – but People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is not among them.
The leaders of the Bloc Québécois, Conservative Party of Canada, Green Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada and New Democratic Party met the criteria to take part.
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In order to be eligible as a participant, the leader must meet one of these three criteria:
- The party has at least one MP in the House of Commons who was elected as a member of that party.
- The party’s candidates in the 2019 federal election received at least four per cent of the total number of valid votes cast.
- The party has a national support level of at least four per cent, five days after the date the election is called. That is measured by leading national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly reported results.
Earlier today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he did not think Bernier should be invited to the debates on the grounds that he is “opposed to science” and has put out “dangerous rhetoric.”
WATCH / Singh opposes Bernier’s participation in leaders’ debates:
Bernier has said he does not plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine because he is relatively young and healthy, so he would be unlikely to experience severe symptoms if he became infected with the virus.
In the past, Bernier has flouted COVID-19 health restrictions by attending a number of rallies protesting against public health measures. He was arrested by Manitoba RCMP in June for violating public health orders.
A French-language debate will be held on Sept. 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT, and an English-language event will be held the next day from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT. Both debates will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.
The debates are being produced by a coalition of media outlets: CBC News and Radio-Canada, APTN News, CTV News, Global News, L’actualité, Les coops de l’information, Le Devoir, Noovo Info and La Presse.
Source: CBC News