At tonight’s federal leaders’ debate, Canadians will watch as candidates face questions from a panel of moderators comprised of no fewer than five accomplished journalists. But despite efforts made by the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN), to ensure that one would be an Indigenous journalist, no such representation will occur.
Instead, representatives from the Canadian Debate Production Partnership (CDPP) visited the network’s Winnipeg headquarters on September 3 to offer a different way for them to be involved. According to Cheryl McKenzie, executive director of APTN News, the partnership instead invited APTN to provide a reporter to hold out a microphone to a “regular Canadian” who would ask a pre-vetted question in the debate’s remote Q&A segment. The offer included no editorial element.
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