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Five parties invited to televised leaders' debates, Bernier left out for now

Last Updated Aug 13, 2019 at 8:33 am PDT

FILE - Maxime Bernier speaks at a People's Party of Canada rally in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Summary

The parties all met at least two of the three criteria for participation established last year by the federal government

Bernier will have to convince the commission through further submissions of evidence

OTTAWA — The leaders of Canada’s five main political parties have been invited to take part in televised federal election debates this October, but the newly formed People’s Party of Canada has been left out for now.

Leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green party have all been invited by the Leaders’ Debates Commission, the group responsible for organizing two televised debates.

The parties all met at least two of the three criteria for participation established last year by the federal government.

The commission says the People’s Party, founded and led by Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, met one of the criteria, but it did not yet have sufficient evidence to conclude the party had met a second.

To participate, Bernier will have to convince the commission through further submissions of evidence that his party has a “legitimate chance” of winning multiple seats this fall.

The deadline to file additional evidence is Sept. 9, and the debates are set for Oct. 7 and Oct. 10.

The Canadian Press