Federal government aims to create independent election debate commission

The Trudeau government wants to create an independent body to organize leaders' debates during federal elections and hopes to have it in place in time for the 2019 campaign.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould is inviting people to provide ideas for how an arm's-length, election debate commissioner or commission should work.

The public has until February 9th to provide online feedback.

Over the next few weeks, Gould will be holding roundtable discussions across the country with academics, media leaders and public interest groups, to be moderated by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

The issue is also currently being studied by a House of Commons committee.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2015 campaign, when the issue became a political football, to create an independent body to organize future leaders' debates.