The 2019 election campaign is under way. The parties have made major policy announcements. But so far, much of the commentary has focused on political bombshells.

When we don’t talk policy as much as we should, that’s a shame. First, because the announcements leaders make are good markers of their party’s election strategy. But more than that, because whoever forms government is going to be making good on a number of these election promises. And a healthy policy debate is crucial for citizens looking to make informed political choices.

That’s why, over the next several weeks, we’ll be highlighting the policy issues on the campaign trail by covering the three panel discussions in Policy Options’ new Election 2019 Breakfast Series. The events are being held in Ottawa in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy and sponsored by the CBC.

This panel explores emerging policy themes. It features Mike De Souza, Tasha Kheiriddin and Jennifer Robson, and is moderated by Jennifer Ditchburn.

Photo: Jennifer Robson, Tasha Kheiriddin and Mike De Souza at the Rideau Club in Ottawa for the first event in Policy Options’ election 2019 breakfast series, on September 25, 2019. By IRPP

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Tasha Kheiriddin
Tasha Kheiriddin est fondatrice et directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale du cabinet Ellipsum Communications, de mĂȘme que chroniqueuse Ă et commentatrice politique sur les chaĂźnes Global, CBC News Network et Radio-Canada.
Mike De Souza
Mike De Souza est journaliste d’enquĂȘte au rĂ©seau Global News. Il a couvert pendant plus de 15 ans la vie politique et le secteur Ă©nergĂ©tique pour plusieurs mĂ©dias d’information, dont le quotidien Montreal Gazette, le National Observer et Postmedia Network.
Jennifer Robson
Jennifer Robson is an associate professor in the Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to joining Carleton, she worked in the voluntary sector, and in government as a political advisor and, later, as a public servant. Twitter @JenniferRobson8
Jennifer Ditchburn
Jennifer Ditchburn est prĂ©sidente et chef de la direction de l’Institut de recherche en politiques publiques. Entre 2016-2021, elle Ă©tait rĂ©dactrice en chef d’Options politiques, l’influent magazine numĂ©rique de l’IRPP. Jennifer a travaillĂ© pendant plus de 20 ans comme reporter nationale Ă  La Presse canadienne ainsi qu’à SRC/CBC. Elle a codirigĂ©, avec Graham Fox, l’ouvrage paru en 2016 The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (McGill-Queen’s).