Kuomintang leader Maxime Bernier refuses to participate in leader election debate


People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier will not participate in upcoming federal election debates with David Johnson, a debate member of the leaders of the other five political parties. Presentation August 21.

Bernier statement “I’m disappointed, but not surprised,” he learned that he wasn’t invited to the leader’s debate.

“I do not blame the Commission for its clear and objective standards. Rather, I refuse to discuss the significant issues we raise and alienate us since the establishment of the PPC. Condemn the politically established cartel that has done everything for. “

Leaders participating in the debate include leaders of the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, Bloc Québécois, the NDP, and the Greens.

The Leaders Debate Commission was established on October 29, 2018 by the Order in Council as an independent public body responsible for organizing the Federal Leaders Debate.

To qualify a party leader for participation in a debate, the party must meet one of three criteria set by the Leader Debate Committee. One criterion is that on the day of the general election, the party must be represented by the House of Commons with at least one member of parliament. Another criterion is that party candidates must receive at least 4 percent of the total number of valid votes cast in the last general election. The third criterion is that, five days after the election, political parties must have an average level of at least 4 percent of national support.

The Commission measures the level of national support by averaging the results of the latest polls from many national polling bodies. The Commission has determined that the PPC figure is 3.27 percent. Statistics used by the committee include abacus (3.5%), Angus Reid Institute (3.5%), EKOS Research Associates (5.2%), Forum Research (5.2%), Innovative Research Group (3.0%), and Ipsos (0.7%). ) Is included. ), Leger (2.4%), Mainstreet Research (4.0%), and Nanos Research (1.9%).

According to Bernier, “some recently published polls” show up to 6% of voting intentions, so polls showing that PPCs have a low percentage of state support are “defective in methodology. It doesn’t reflect the reality at all. “

“I can make this promise to the Canadians today. Discuss or not, you will keep in touch with us!” He said.

The French leaders debate will be held on September 8th from 8pm to 10pm, and the English debate will be held on September 9th from 9pm to 11pm. Both discussions will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.

Andrew Chen

Andrew is a Toronto-based reporter.