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CanadaLeaders, moderators confirmed for 2019 English, French debates

00:56  21 august  2019
00:56  21 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — Five party leaders have confirmed they will participate in two major televised election debates in October, the media group producing the events announced Tuesday.

The Canadian Debate Production Partnership said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP's Jagmeet Singh, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and the Bloc Quebecois' Yves-Francois Blanchet will all attend the English debate Oct. 7 and the French one Oct. 10.

Both events are to be held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. Election day is Oct. 21.

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The Leaders' Debates Commission, an independent body set up to organize the debates this year, sent invitations to the five confirmed leaders last week but did not offer a spot to Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada.

The PPC did not meet criteria established by the federal government for participation in the debates, the commission found. But the commission gave the party until Sept. 9 to provide further evidence that they have a chance at winning multiple seats in the fall, which could earn Bernier a spot at the events.

In its announcement Tuesday, the partnership also revealed the moderators for the English debate: CBC's Rosemary Barton, Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star, Global's Dawna Friesen, CTV's Lisa LaFlamme and Althia Raj of HuffPost Canada.

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"We confirmed the debate first and are happy to debate our policy regardless of the language,'' said Kory Teneycke The Munk Debate will be broadcast in French and English via CPAC and online. There will be six major segments, beginning with a question from the moderator to one of the leaders .

“This is the fifth and final leaders ’ debate accepted by the Conservative Party of Canada,” Teneycke said in a statement. That leaves the future of a widely-broadcast English debate in doubt, even as the second French debate was getting the go-ahead. The broadcasters confirmed that the Sept.

Patrice Roy of Radio-Canada will moderate the French debate, along with journalists from French outlets Le Devoir, Le Soleil, La Presse and L'Actualite.

Also on Tuesday, Maclean's magazine announced it will partner with Citytv to hold a debate Sept. 12 in Toronto. Maclean's said leaders for the Tories, NDP and Greens have confirmed their participation so far.

"The Liberals have not yet confirmed Justin Trudeau’s participation but an invitation remains open and the debate will go forward regardless," the magazine said in a post on its website.

Columnist Paul Wells will moderate the debate, which will focus on the economy, foreign policy, Indigenous issues, and energy and the environment.

The Sept. 12 date makes the Maclean's event the first major debate in the election period, though it remains unclear precisely when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to officially fire the starting gun. The latest he can do so is Sept. 15.

Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press

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