Absolutely. Thank you very much, Ruby, for those questions.
As I stated earlier, we engaged quite widely in the consultation process. We had an online consultation process. Over 14,000 Canadians submitted to that. We organized round tables with my department and also with the Institute for Research on Public Policy. We had over 60 different stakeholders from traditional media, new media, academics, indigenous representation, disability groups, minority language groups and women's groups. Really, we tried to reach out as broadly as we possibly could.
What we heard from them was the importance that Canadians place on leaders debates, that leaders debates for Canadians are key decision-making moments in terms of who they want to be governed by, the policies they hold dear, and understanding how they are going to react and interact with each other in tough decision-making moments.
One of the things we heard time and time again was that it was one of the few opportunities during an election campaign to spontaneously engage with a political party leader. It demonstrated character, and it demonstrated how that leader was going to act as a potential prime minister. It was so important for Canadians across the country that in 2015, although there were more debates, fewer Canadians across the country were able to access them. That was something they felt needed to be rectified.