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‘Worst debate format in the history of Canadian TV debates’: English-language debate failed to inform Canadian voters, say politicos

By Beatrice Paez and Neil Moss       

Over the course of two hours, six federal party leaders jostled for air time, strained to be heard, and clamoured to squeeze in their talking points in segments that sometimes had little to do with the topic raised. 

Centre stage: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are pictured on stage for the English-language debate at the Canadian Museum of History on Oct. 7. Photograph courtesy of The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

The format of the only English-language debate with Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this election is being panned by political analysts, who say it descended into incomprehensible cross-talk and shallow, rehearsed one-liners, and let down Canadian voters.   

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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