Leaders of main federal parties brace for the election’s first and only English debate


The five leaders of Canada’s main political parties will make their pitches to voters on the biggest stage of the campaign tonight when they face off in the first and only English leaders’ debate.

The event begins at 9 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on this page.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet will take part.

The themes of tonight’s debate are:

  • Affordability
  • Climate
  • COVID recovery
  • Leadership and accountability
  • Reconciliation

The five leaders will debate for the second straight night after Wednesday’s official French leaders’ debate, which was also held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

The election campaign is entering its final stretch. Advance polls open tomorrow and election day is Sept. 20.

The official leaders’ debates are organized by The Leaders’ Debates Commission, a non-partisan and independent organization.

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was not invited to participate because the commission determined that his party did not have the required level of voter support — four per cent — five days after the date of the election call. Recent polling figures suggest the PPC has since overtaken the Greens in national support.

Read more at CBC.ca