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2015 Federal Leader Debates: Breaking Tradition

 

Traditionally, party leaders participated in two televised debates during the federal election – once in English and once in French. These debates were produced by a consortium of major television broadcasters, including CBC, Radio-Canada, CTV and Global.[21] In May 2015, the Conservatives said they would not participate in the traditional leaders’ debates and instead would take part in as many as five independently staged debates in the run-up to the fall federal election.[21] The New Democratic Party confirmed that Tom Mulcair will accept every debate where the Prime Minister is present.[22] Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been invited to all four confirmed debates, but to date has only confirmed his participation in the Macleans debate.[23][24][25] The Bloc has been confirmed their attendance at the French language TVA debate and the Green Party has confirmed their attendance at the Macleans debate.[25][26] Strength in Democracy has not been invited to participate in any of the debates.

Confirmed debates:

Subject Participants Date Organizer (location) Notes
General Conservatives; NDP; Liberals; Greens August 6, 2015[27] Macleans Magazine, Rogers, and CityTV[28] (Toronto) English language debate, with live translations into French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi. Aired on City, OMNI.1, OMNI.2, and CPAC; streamed live at Macleans.ca, Citytv.com, CityNews.ca, OMNItv.ca, CPAC.ca, Facebook, YouTube; and on Rogers radio stations.
Economy Conservatives; NDP; Liberals (yet to confirm)[23] September Globe and Mail and Google Canada[29] (Calgary) English language debate on the Canadian economy. Streamed live on The Globe’s website and distributed on YouTube.
Foreign Policy Conservatives; NDP; Liberals (yet to confirm)[24] September Munk School of Global Affairs[30] (Toronto) English language debate on Canada’s foreign policy.[24]
General Conservatives; NDP; Liberals (yet to confirm);[25] Bloc October 5, 2015[27] TVA (Montreal) French language debate.[25]
Stephen Harper, Conservative
Stephen Harper, Conservative
Thomas Mulcair, NDP
Thomas Mulcair, NDP
Justin Trudeau, Liberal
Justin Trudeau, Liberal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilles Duceppe, Bloc Québécois
Gilles Duceppe, Bloc Québécois
Elizabeth May, Green Party
Elizabeth May, Green Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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