A Liberal-appointed commissioner has blocked Maxime Bernier from participating in the federal leadership debates.
Maxime Bernier is the leader and sole MP for the People's Party of Canada. With the next federal election scheduled for October 21, the governing Liberals prepared by creating something called the Federal Leaders' Debate Commissioner. Inclusion in the debates is now under the control of former Governor General David Johnston.
You may have watched Ezra's coverage of these new rules which seem above all to be written to protect Trudeau from criticism. While Bernier is out, Elizabeth May is in, even though the Green Party has only 2 MPs. Since May will attack Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, not Trudeau, it's good to have her on board.
And the whole situation is unfolding quite differently than Minister for Democratic Institutions Karina Gould assumed they would when these new rules were first legislated last year.