Canada’s federal parties have begun to share their main policy proposals. The leaders – and third-party players, too – will be trying to shape the narrative of the campaign, pushing certain themes and messages that they hope will resonate with voters. Our panel of experts took an analytical look at the policy issues that have been highlighted on the hustings, and evaluate the quality of the debate during this 43rd general election. This event is part of a series of substantive conversations about how the 2019 campaign is unfolding, hosted by Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Mike De Souza
Mike De Souza
Global News

Mike De Souza is an investigative producer with Global News. He has covered politics and the energy industry for more than 15 years for several media outlets including the Montreal Gazette, National Observer and Postmedia Network Inc. He is the 2017 winner of a Canadian Association of Journalists award for excellence in online investigative reporting, and received a citation of merit from the Michener Foundation for meritorious and unbiased public service journalism that same year.

Tasha Kheiriddin
Tasha Kheiriddin
Ellipsum Communications

Tasha Kheiriddin is founder and CEO of Ellipsum Communications. She is also a columnist at GlobalNews.ca and does political and current-affairs commentary on Global, CBC News Network and Radio Canada. She is a public speaker and moderator who has worked as a producer with CBC Newsworld and been an award-winning host-producer at the Cable Public Affairs Channel. Tasha has been a host with CTV NewsChannel, with her own radio talk shows at NewsTalk 1010 and Global News Radio in Toronto. She has served on the editorial board of the National Post and been a columnist there and at ipolitics.ca.

Jennifer Robson
Jennifer Robson
Carleton University

Jennifer Robson is an associate professor at Carleton University’s Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. Prior to joining Carleton, she worked in the federal public service, in the voluntary sector and as a political advisor. In 2016, Jennifer served as a member of an Advisory Panel on Tax Expenditures to the Minister of Finance and was a member of the National Research Committee on Financial Literacy for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada from 2015 to 2018.

Moderator

Jennifer Ditchburn
Jennifer Ditchburn
Editor-in-chief of Policy Options

Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s influential digital magazine. An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She is the coeditor (with Graham Fox) of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (2016).