Everything you need to know about the where, when and how of tonight’s five-leader showdown
The top five leaders of the party will meet on a debate stage twice this week, on consecutive nights. After the debate in French on September 8 is the debate in English on Thursday, September 9. For all the details on how the night will work and how you can watch it, we’ve got you covered.
Where and when?
Verbal punches take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. 9-11 pm EDT
How can I see or hear?
The world is your news consumption oyster – virtually every news network and website will broadcast the debate, with multiple language options available. A full overview of the channels and platforms is provided. here.
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Québec bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet, Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole, Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul, Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau and New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh .
Leadership Debate Commissioner David Johnston (you may recall him from previous positions as governor general) determined that to be included, a leader’s party must meet one of the following criteria: on the date the election is called, the party must have a deputy in the House of Commons who was elected under the banner of that party; or the party must have received at least four percent of the popular vote in the previous federal election; or, five days after the election is called, the party must have at least four percent national support, as determined by an average of the horse racing results from the major voting organizations.
That leaves out, for example, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier.
Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute, will moderate, with questions from Rosemary Barton of CBC News, Melissa Ridgen of APTN News, Evan Solomon of CTV News and Mercedes Stephenson of Global News.
What’s on the agenda?
The discussion will revolve around five themes based in part on 20,000 responses to the public questionnaire: affordability, climate, recovery from COVID-19, leadership and accountability and reconciliation. The debate will include five segments, each focusing on one of these topics, with a question from the voter, a question from a moderator to each leader, a three-way leader-to-leader debate, and a free-for-all debate segment in each. .
What if I feel homesick or want to study?
You can watch key clips or the 2019 Leaders Commission discussions in their entirety here. You can see 2019 Maclean’s/ The national leaders of Citytv debate here and 2015 Maclean’s debate here.