“It is quite incredible that elections in Canada today require the intervention of foreign broadcasters and journalists to be fair and democratic, a sentiment many in the USA agree with.”
— Dan Donovan, Ottawa Life Magazine Publisher and Managing Editor
On Sunday producers for the Democracy Channel® and Ottawa Life Magazine asked Dave Rotterman V.P., WNED Buffalo/Toronto, to co-produce the debate scheduled as requested on October 8, 9 or 11, 2019 at the Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec using the same sets as the two main debates, as was the case in 1993. If that venue is unavailable then an alternative venue, location city and date may be substituted.
The Democracy Channel® staged smaller party Leaders’ Debates in the 1993 and 2000 Canadian federal elections that were broadcast by Cable public affairs channel CPAC and the CBC News Channel and simulcast in the Internet on the Democracy Channel® website at DemocracyChannel.net
The CBC only agreed to broadcast the 2000 debate after Democracy Channel® founder Greg Vezina threatened to ask PBS border stations to do it. The 2000 debate was recorded in a private studio in Toronto, Ontario.