Kids react to the leaders’ debate

The first leaders’ debate of the 42nd Canadian federal election took place last week. Hosted by Maclean’s, the debate featured Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May. You can watch a full replay here.

This was the first debate in Canadian history not to be organized by the broadcast consortium. We decided to try something new as well.

A group of high school students gathered at the CIVIX office to watch the debate, discuss what they saw and share their reactions to the leaders.

Before the debate, the students were joined via Skype by the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Ibbitson, who gave the students a primer on what to expect.

We’ve assembled a few of the highlights into our new video, which you can watch here:

We’ll be directly engaging with Student Vote participants and sharing their perspective throughout the election campaign, and this is just a start.


More than 3,000 schools from across the country have already registered to participate in Student Vote Canada this fall.

National Student Vote Week will take place between Tuesday, October 13 and Friday, October 16 and we expect 700,000 students to cast a ballot.

Educators can register now at or by calling us at 1-866-488-8775.

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  1. […] case you missed it, we brought together a group of high school students to watch the campaign’s first leaders’ debate. You can watch their reactions […]

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