February 6, 2023

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Leaders Debate in English | The Press Council concludes that the moderator is impartial

When Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet was asked why he was denying “racism” in Quebec in defense of “discriminatory” provincial laws, the English leaders’ debate moderator, Shachi Kurl, said, “opinion, not proven fact.” tuesday


According to the organization, “the word racism as used in this context is an opinion and not a proven fact as suggested by the moderator”. A complaint was filed against Mr.me Julie Lapierre, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), v. Gurl and Radio-Canada’s English Network.

“Although M.me Gurl was able to speak for a segment of the population that he didn’t address and incite racism as it proved. “However, within the framework of the leaders’ debate, the public can expect the neutrals to treat the leaders invited to debate in an impartial manner”, the Council asserts in its decision.

In September 2021, a major interest party sparked controversy amid a leaders’ debate in English on CBC’s airwaves. “You deny that Quebec has racism problems. Yet you defend laws like Bill 96 and Bill 21 that marginalize religious minorities, Anglophones and Allophones. Can you help out-of-province Canadians understand why your party supports these discriminatory laws? She is Mr. she asked Blanchett.

In this, the block president Mme Gurl for calling his province racist. Prime Minister François Legault also demanded an apology. Indeed, most of the other federal party leaders spent the next few days questioning whether they agreed with Ms.me Gurl about Quebec laws.

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In the days that followed Mr.me Gurl defended his views in an open letter published in The Globe and Mail. He said his question “gave Mr. Blanchett an opportunity to talk about secularism to people outside of Quebec.” “He could have shared the Quebec perspective with the rest of Canada. He chose not to,” she said.

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On Parliament Hill in Quebec, the affair led to the National Assembly unanimously adopting a motion to apologize to the host. Quebec elected officials all condemned the “expression of a form of Quebec beating “.

The Federal Debates Commission has recognized that debates in the upcoming federal election should have a simpler format and better moderation to focus more on what leaders say than on the questions asked. “The 2021 debates failed to inform voters about the various parties’ policies to the extent expected,” the Leaders’ Debating Commission’s final report on televised events admitted.

With Canadian Press