Federal Court judge slams debates commission over accreditation decisions - 2019-11-15

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F99.png Federal Court judge slams debates commission over accreditation decisions November 15, 2019, Jim Bronskill, National Observer

The commission overseeing leaders' debates during the federal election campaign left media outlets "in the dark" about the criteria for obtaining accreditation to cover the event, a judge says.

Procedural fairness required that notice be given of the rationale for approval or denial as well as an opportunity for applicants to respond, Federal Court Justice Russel Zinn said in written reasons released Thursday.

In addition, the Leaders' Debates Commission provided no description of what was meant by advocacy, which ruled some organizations out of permission to cover the debates in person, and there is evidence that some of the news organizations accredited engage in advocacy, he said.

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