Bernier not surprised, blames ‘establishment cartel’ for exclusion Leaders’ Debates Commissioner David Johnston has confirmed that leaders of five political parties will be invited to participate in the upcoming election debates — but People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is not among them… In order to be eligible as a participant, the leader must meet one of these three criteria: The party has at least one MP in the House of Commons who was elected as a member of that party. The party’s candidates in the 2019 federal election received at least four per cent of the total number of valid votes cast. The party has a national support level of at least four per cent, five days after the date the election is called. That is measured by leading national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly reported results. The Leaders’ Debates Commission calculated the People’s Party of Canada’s average level of national support at 3.27 per cent, slightly below the four per cent threshold established by the commission.