Associate professor Paul Adams was one of three witnesses to kick off hearings by the House of Commons Committee on Procedure and House Affairs into the question of whether there need to be rules for party leaders’ debates during election campaigns.
Although there have been televised debates among party leaders in every election since 1968, there are no formal structures ensuring they happen or regulating their structure.
The other two witnesses to testify at the November 23 hearing were Graham Fox, from the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and Jane Hilderman of Samara Canada.
Adams outlined his views last year in a Policy Options article with his Carleton journalism school colleague, Elly Alboim.
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