|Election Canada 2019: the leaders debate live before the election polls. |
The official English-language leaders’ debate is set to begin today
It’s the only chance Canadians have to see the major party leaders share a stage in English before the federal election on Oct. 21, just two weeks away.
The debate is scheduled to race through five topics in the course of two hours, devoting about 20 minutes each to affordability and economic insecurity; energy and the environment; Indigenous issues; national and global leadership; and polarization, human rights and immigration.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau; Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer; NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh; Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet; Green Party Leader Elizabeth May; and People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier join in a two-hour debate held in front of a live audience at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.
Each segment will open with a question drawn from nearly 9,000 submitted by Canadians for the debate.
Recent polling suggests Trudeau’s Liberals are within the margin of error of Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives in national voter support.
The 2019 official debates are produced by the Canadian Debate Production Partnership.
The debates will also be simultaneously translated and available in various language.
A French-language debate on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. will be moderated by Patrice Roy from Radio-Canada with the participation of Alec Castonguay, head of politics bureau, L’actualité; Patricia Cloutier, National Assembly reporter, Le Soleil; Hélčne Buzzetti, parliamentary correspondent, Le Devoir; and François Cardinal, editor-in-chief, La Presse.
Sandra P. 10/7/2019