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First debate a dress rehearsal PM hopefuls needed to prepare for prime time, say pundits

By Samantha Wright Allen      

One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.

At the Sept. 12 Maclean’s/CityTV National Leaders' Debate in Toronto, the Green Party's Elizabeth May, Conservative Party's Andrew Scheer, and NDP's Jagmeet Singh took to the stage, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unpictured, sat it out, spending the first prime-time sparring on the road. The Canadian Press photograph by Frank Gunn

Last week’s leaders’ debate was an important trial run for the three that showed up, a dress rehearsal pundits say was needed as each showed gaps in brand and messaging that will need to be ironed out before the “real test” against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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