One month after self-imposed deadline, no sign of who will produce election debates

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OTTAWA — There is no word on who will be producing the leadership debates in the upcoming election, a month after that information was to be released to the public.

The federal Leaders’ Debates Commission, the organization planning the debates, set a deadline for itself in mid-June to announce the results of a request for proposals issued in May.

A spokesperson for the commission said Tuesday an announcement is coming in the next several weeks.

An election call is expected in the first few weeks of September, and the debates are slated for some time in early-to-mid October.

The commission is an independent body set up by the federal government to organize debates in French and English this fall.

It is headed up by former governor general David Johnston, acting as the first “debates commissioner,” and former journalist Michel Cormier, serving as the commission’s executive director.

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