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Leaders’ Debates Commission

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.


June 22, 2021
Commissioner David Johnston sets participation criteria for next federal general election

April 1, 2021
The Debate Broadcast Group (DBG) will be the debates producer in the next federal general election. The English debate will be produced, promoted and distributed by CBC News, CTV News, Global News and APTN News, while the French debate will be produced, promoted and distributed by Radio-Canada, Noovo, La Presse, Le Devoir, L'actualité & Les Coops de l'information (Le Soleil, Le Droit, La Tribune, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien et La Voix de l'Est).

Date modified: June 22, 2021