Arts & Culture Commitments

Platform Commitments for Arts & Culture

This section will be updated as parties announce their election platforms.


Watch past debates by clicking on the debate title.

Quebecor Media’s le «Face-à-Face»
When: Thursday, September 2 (French / 8 p.m. ET)
Who (confirmed participants): Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada); Erin O’Toole (Conservative Party of Canada);  Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois); and Jagmeet Singh (New Democratic Party). 
Moderated by: Pierre Bruneau (TVA)
Where to watch: TVA, LCN, QUB Radio, and their digital platforms.

The future of Canada’s audiovisual industry (ACTRA, Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), and l’Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ))
When: Tuesday, September 7 (English & French / 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET); the event will have simultaneous translation.
Registration: Members of DGC, ACTRA and ARRQ are eligible to attend (click the button below to register).
Who (confirmed participants): Hon. Steven Guilbeault (Liberal Party of Canada); Kevin Waugh (Conservative Party of Canada); Martin Champoux (Bloc Québécois); Heather McPherson (New Democratic Party of Canada); and Sandy Crawley (Green Party of Canada).
Moderated by: (English) Trina McQueen (Schulich School of Business at York University); (French) Patrick White (UQAM Media School).
Where to watch: The virtual town hall live-streamed event was recorded and is available to watch by clicking here.
Debate topics: The discussion will focus on each party’s approach to ensure the screen-based content sector continues to be effectively supported and thrive in Canada and on the world scene. Topics include: modernizing Canada’s broadcasting legislation; investing in Canadian talent; fostering diversity, equity and inclusion; and adopting sustainable practices.

Leaders’ Debates Commission (Debate Broadcast Group)
When: Wednesday, September 8 (WATCH FRENCH / 8-10 p.m. ET) Thursday, September 9 (WATCH ENGLISH / 9-11 p.m. ET)
Who (confirmed participants): Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada); Erin O’Toole (Conservative Party of Canada);  Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois); Jagmeet Singh (New Democratic Party); and Annamie Paul (Green Party of Canada).
Moderated by: (English) Shachi Kurl (Angus Reid Institute) with Rosemary Barton (CBC), Melissa Ridgen (APTN News), Evan Solomon (CTV News), and Mercedes Stephenson (Global News); (French) Patrice Roy (Radio-Canada) with Hélène Buzzetti (Les coops de l’information), Guillaume Bourgault-Côté (L’actualité), Paul Journet (La Presse), Marie Vastel (Le Devoir), and Noémi Mercier (Noovo Info).
Where to watch: Both debates will be available on the TV, radio, and online platforms of the 10 news media organizations known as the Debate Broadcast Group, which includes CTV News, CBC News and Radio-Canada, APTN News, Global News, L’actualité, Les coops de l’information, Le Devoir, Noovo Info and La Presse. The English-language debate will be available via translation in French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Plains Cree, Inuktitut, Dene, Tagalog, American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language. The French-language debate will be available in East Cree, Ojibwe and described video, in addition to the languages noted above, with the exception of Plains Cree, Inuktitut and Dene.
Debate topics: Topics for both debates were announced on September 6. The questions are based on the concerns of Canadians, formulated by the journalists participating in each debate.

Debate on culture 2021 (Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE))
When: September 13, 2021 (12:00-1:30 p.m. ET)
Who (confirmed participants): Pascale St-Onge (Liberal Party of Canada); Steve Shanahan (Conservative Party of Canada); Martin Champoux (Bloc Québécois); and Alexandre Boulerice (New Democratic Party of Canada).
Moderated by: Catherine Perrin (television and radio host) 
Where to watch: CPAC (television and web)
Debate topics: Participants will be invited to share their party’s position on culture and to debate solutions to urgent challenges in the cultural sector (including adapting funding and support measures; and modernizing cultural policies (broadcasting and copyright)).

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