When Prime Minister Stephen Harper pulled out of the consortium-controlled televised debates, it was a bit of a shocker. But then it got exciting. His move forced new approaches and created new options. However, now that all five televised debates have happened, it’s also been a lost opportunity. Of all the debates, including Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail’s, the broadcast consortium organized first French-language debate, the Munk Debate on Canada’s foreign policy and the second French language debate, organized by TVA, the Munk Debate was the best simply because of its format, actual content, instant feedback from a live audience and practice.
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