, 20 tweets, 5 min read Read on Twitter
Seriously? "Zing"? Are you 12? This is the CPC trying to delude Canadians yet again. Far too few people understand how these debates work and what their history is. #Cdnpoli #elxn43 #LeadersDebates 1/20
The first televised national leaders' debate was held in 1968. There was one debate, half in English and half in French. They were organised by the primary Canadian news outlets of the time (CTV/CBC), working together. At this time the news was viewed as a "public good". 2/20
Robert Stanfield (PC) and Tommy Douglas (NDP) could not speak French. Real Caouette (Railliement creditiste) could not speak English. Pierre Trudeau (Lib) was fluently bilingual. Some accommodations were made. 3/20
Incidentally, in the federal election of 1962 Lester Pearson (Lib) challenged John Diefenbaker (PC) to a televised debate. Diefenbaker refused. 4/20
2 federal elections went by (1972, 1974) without any televised leaders' debates. In 1979, a debate was held. Organised by CBC/CTV/Global/TVA, all in English. It was moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Western & the questions were posed by a panel of journalists 5/20
In 1984 there were 3 debates. 1 in French, 1 in English, and a special debate in English on women's issues. 1988 saw 2 debates, one in English and one in French. The same occurred for the 1993, 1997, 2000, and 2004 elections. 6/20
In 2005/06, there were 4 debates, 2 in French and 2 in English. One pair was held in Vancouver and the other pair was held in Quebec, all with the same organisers. The 2008 election returned to the two-debate format. 7/20
2011 also had two debates, one in English and one in French. The date of the French debate had to be moved to avoid conflict with a Montreal Canadiens playoff game. 8/20
In 2015, CPC PM Stephen Harper made the unprecedented move of refusing to participate in the 2 nationally organised television debates. The CPC wanted 5 privately organised debates instead. One was hosted by Macleans magazine, one by the Globe & Mail, 9/20
One by the Aurea Foundation and Facebook Canada, one by Quebecor, and Harper agreed to the French debate by the media consortium, but not the English one. Aurea, incidentally, funds right-wing think-tanks and gave a platform to Steve Bannon. pressprogress.ca/the-group-behi… 10/20
This time around, there is a new Leaders' Debates Commission which was formed to reduce bias in the process. This Commission is organising two televised debates, one in English and one in French. As is now the Canadian tradition. 11/ 20
Macleans/CityTV wants to host a debate (with Paul Wells as moderator) & the Munk Debates wants to host a debate. Both can be seen as quite biased organisers. Paul Wells wrote a glowingly favourable book about Harper. The Munk Debates are administered by the Aurea Foundation 12/20
Munk Debates' past speakers include Jordan Peterson, Nigel Farage, Henry Kissinger, Newt Gingrich, along with Bannon. Aurea Foundation supports the Fraser Institute, along with at least 7 other neo-liberal (far-right) think-tanks in Canada. 13/20
The Fraser Institute and the others supported by Aurea have a long-standing role of churning out "reports" that further the Conservative agenda. These are guided by political ideology rather that scientific principles & are usually wildly skewed if not downright inaccurate. 14/20
Yet, in recent years the Canadian media has slavishly reported every questionable report without challenging the findings. This includes the CBC. 15/20
So, you see, both the debates that PM Trudeau has declined to attend are traps, plain and simple. This is not offering Canadians more opportunity to see the leaders in action. This is offering right-wing interests opportunities to tear down the Liberal Prime Minister. 16/20
I believe we Canadians would like to have a leader who can see a trap for what it is and not wander blindly into it. 17/20
There are many ways to skew a debate, as I am sure you are aware, Ms Raitt. The moderator can cut off a debater's responses, or allow others to talk over or interrupt. 18/20
The panel can throw "softball" questions to the favoured debater and "when did you stop beating your wife?" questions to the one they wish to discredit. 19/20
It is a telling that CPC MPs are trying to shame the PM into entering into a debate that is stacked against him. It is a bullying tactic. It is not befitting a party that wishes to govern Canada. It is the purview of a party that is interested in power, not public good. 20/20
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Norlaine Thomas
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!