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CanadaSingh ‘troubled’ by Bernier’s invite to leaders’ debate, calls on commissioner to reconsider

07:30  18 september  2019
07:30  18 september  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Greens’ leader urges other parties to boycott French debate that excludes her

Greens’ leader urges other parties to boycott French debate that excludes her The Greens are calling it a violation of the"democratic principle of full and fair debate on election issues" and demanding that TVA "respect the inclusion criteria established by the Leaders' Debates Commission." The Green Party currently holds two seats in the House of Commons. One seat was won in the 2015 general election. The other was won in a byelection in May. Both Green MPs are from B.C. This is not the first time May has not been invited to an election debate. In 2015, she was excluded from at least three major election debates.

Bernier has argued that not inviting him to take part in the debates was the commission' s way of excluding the only party + Maxime Bernier , the leader of the People’ s Party of Canada, has been Debates commissioner David Johnston had until Monday to decide on whether to include Bernier .

The NDP leader is calling on the Leaders ’ Debate Commission to reconsider its decision. When the news of Bernier ’ s invitation broke, Conservatives alleged in a statement to HuffPost that “Justin Trudeau’s hand-picked debate panel used a Liberal-friendly pollster who attacks Andrew Scheer” to

Singh ‘troubled’ by Bernier’s invite to leaders’ debate, calls on commissioner to reconsider© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during an announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday September 17, 2019.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a letter Tuesday that he is "troubled" that People's Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier has been invited to participate in the leaders' debate and called on debates commissioner David Johnston to reconsider his decision.

"I am troubled by your decision to allow the leader of the People's Party of Canada in the debates," the letter reads. "It is wrong that Mr. Bernier be given a platform to promote an ideology of hate that spreads prejudice and disinformation."

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Bernier was initially excluded from the debates organized by the Leaders ’ Debates Commission, saying the new party didn’t meet the standards Bernier said he hopes both Munk and the organizers of a French debate hosted by TV network TVA will reconsider now that he is included in the official

Bernier was given the green light by leaders ’ debate commissioner and former governor general David Tory leader not fazed about Bernier ’ s debate invite . Johnston’s decision comes weeks after the NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sent a letter to Johnston stating he’s “ troubled ” by the decision to

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The letter comes a day after it was announced Bernier would be invited to participate in Canada's official leadership debates in October.

Singh claims Bernier should not be allowed to participate in the debates because he has "courted racists to run for his party," "frequently promotes damaging conspiracy theories" on social media and has been photographed with "far-right hate groups with neo-Nazi ties."

"These are not the actions of a person who has earned the privilege of promoting their agenda on a national stage," Singh wrote.

Bernier was not invited to the debates when the commission sent the first invites to party leaders in August.

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier invited to two broadcast debates

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier invited to two broadcast debates OTTAWA — People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has secured an invitation Monday to two official leaders' debates in October. Bernier had previously been denied a chance to attend because the independent commission responsible for organizing the debates found his party did not have multiple candidates with a "legitimate chance" of being elected. 

Bernier didn’t crack the preliminary invite list that Debates Commissioner David Johnston announced on Aug. 12. He has argued that he should be permitted to Only Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh participated in that debate

Bernier is the party' s lone MP but he was elected as a Conservative, forming the People' s Party after losing the leadership to Andrew Scheer and ultimately concluding that there' s little difference between the Tories and the Liberals. The People' s Party is running candidates in more than 90 per cent of

However, Bernier argued that not inviting him to take part was the commission’s way of excluding his party, which he says is the only one that has anything different to say.

“It won’t be a real debate if I’m not there,” he told candidates and supporters at his party’s first national conference in August.

“It will be a phony discussion where they attack each other on their superficial differences.”

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According to the Leaders' Debate Commission, for a federal political party to be included in the official debates, it must satisfy two of the following three criteria:

Whether the party is represented in the House of Commons by an MP who was elected as a member of that party.

Whether a party intends to endorse candidates in at least 90 per cent of the country’s 338 ridings.

Whether a party has a “legitimate chance” of electing more than one MP, based on “recent political context, public opinion polls and previous general election results.”

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier invited to two broadcast debates

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier invited to two broadcast debates OTTAWA — People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has secured an invitation Monday to two official leaders' debates in October. Bernier had previously been denied a chance to attend because the independent commission responsible for organizing the debates found his party did not have multiple candidates with a "legitimate chance" of being elected. But former governor general and current debates commissioner David Johnston gave the party more time to make its case for inclusion. And on Monday, Johnston said that given new evidence, the People's Party of Canada does in fact have a "reasonable chance" at winning multiple seats.

Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party of Canada is being invited to take part in the official English- and French-language leaders ’ debates during the election campaign. The invitation , made Monday by the independent Leaders ’ Debate Commission, was extended after a review of Mr. Bernier ’ s party and

Maxime Bernier , leader of the People' s Party of Canada, has been invited to the federal election The leader of the People’ s Party of Canada (PPC) was not included in the initial invitation to the On Monday, the leaders ’ debates commissioner and former governor general David Johnston invited

According to the press release, when the initial invitations were sent in August, the PPC satisfied only one criterion.

"At that time in the electoral cycle, and with the evidence then available, the Commissioner did not consider that the PPC had a legitimate chance to elect more than one candidate," the release reads. "The Commission indicated this was a preliminary assessment and that it would seek further information."

However, in a news release issued Monday, Johnston said he was "satisfied that more than one candidate endorsed by the party has a reasonable chance to be elected."

"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,” Johnston said in the release.

In the letter, Singh said he disagrees with Johnston's findings, saying "most informed political analysts believe his party is unlikely to gain seats in this election."

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reacted to news Maxime Bernier has been allowed to join October’ s federal leaders ’ debate , saying the leader of the People’ s Party of Canada should not be given the platform “to spread Maxime Bernier invited to participate in federal election leaders ’ debates .

The invitation extended by debates Commissioner David Johnston reverses a preliminary ruling last month that found Bernier didn't meet two of the commission's three criteria to qualify. So Bernier ' s in. What does that mean for him, his party and the debates themselves?

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Singh also urges Johnston to reconsider his decision.

"Canadians deserve to hear an open political debate between different points of view," he wrote. "They are not well served by a debate that instead needs to spend its time defending values that are already at the core of what Canadians believe."

Global News has reached out to the PPC for comment, but has not heard back by time of publication.

Speaking at an event in St. John's, N.L., on Tuesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he looks forward to holding Bernier to account publicly for what he says are his "intolerant views."

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"And I certainly hope all of the leaders will do the same," Trudeau said.

At an event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said he will debate "anybody who is ready to be the prime minister."

In an emailed statement from the Green Party, a spokesperson confirmed that "Ms. May said, 'He met the criteria. I welcome him to the debate!'"

— With files from Rachael D'Amore

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