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Details surrounding federal election debates still scarce a month past deadline

Canada’s federal election is scheduled to take place on Oct. 21, but the timeline surrounding the leader’s debates is not as clear.

The commission organizing the debates was supposed to announce who would be producing the debates a month ago.

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However, no such announcement has been made and organizers say it could still take weeks to before a decision.

“We’re a first-time commission, we’re the pilot project,” said Jill Clark, spokesperson for the commission.

“We’re just taking a little bit of extra time, but all to the end of making an announcement that gives as much information as we can, all at the same time.”

Historically, Canadian leaders’ debates have been organized by a consortium of broadcasters.

In 2015, however, Conservative leader Stephen Harper refused to participate in English debates organized by broadcasters, leading to the creation of the new federal commission.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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