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Leaders’ Debates Commission

44th General Election Leaders' Debates

Dates: September 8 at 8 p.m. EDT (French) and September 9 at 9 p.m. EDT (English)
Location: Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec

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We are an independent and impartial public body mandated to organize two leaders' debates for the next federal general election, one in each official language, while paying special attention to Canada's Indigenous languages.

Our role is to engage a debates producer, set participation criteria, determine which political leaders are invited to participate in the leaders' debates, and work with the debates producer to develop a format that reflects the public interest, while respecting journalistic independence.

The Commission's objective is to make debates a more predictable, reliable and stable element of federal election campaigns.


What's New

September 2, 2021
COVID-19 Policy for 2021 Leaders' Debates

August 26, 2021
Media accreditation for the 44th General Election is now closed. Applicants will receive a decision via email.

August 21, 2021
Commissioner David Johnston issues decision on participation criteria for 44th General Election

August 16, 2021
Participation Criterion (iii) Approach for the 44th General Election

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Date modified: November 1, 2021