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Preparing for the Globe and Mail Leaders’ Debate

The second of five federal leaders’ debate is fast approaching! This Thursday Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau will face-off on economic issues.

According to data recently released by Vote Compass, when asked “What issue is most important to you in this election?” 36 per cent of Canadians answered “economy”, making it the most frequently cited issue.

The Globe and Mail – official content partner of Student Vote 2015 – is hosting the debate with the support of Google Canada. It will be moderated by The Globe’s Editor in Chief David Walmsley, and is the last debate to be held entirely in English. Here are the details on when and how to watch.

Earlier this week CIVIX asked The Globe and Mail’s political reporter Jane Taber to tell Student Vote participants about the upcoming debate, the importance of the economy in this election, and where each of the federal party leaders stand. You can check it out here:


Leaders’ debates in Canada are traditionally organized by the broadcast consortium (composed of CBC, CTV, Global, and until recently TVA), scheduling one in English and another in French. For this election, for the first time, a total of five debates will be hosted by individual outlets across the country.

Just days after the writ dropped last month, four of the federal party leaders took part in the Maclean’s leaders’ debate, which covered a broad range of election issues and was the only debate to feature Green Party leader Elizabeth May. In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

More than 3.8 million Canadians watched part of the televised broadcasts, and nearly half a million more watched online. We tuned in at the CIVIX office with a group of high school students to get their take on what they saw. You can watch their reactions here:

Despite drawing in nearly 4 million viewers, the Maclean’s debate had less than 40 per cent of viewers when compared to the only English-language debate in 2011. More than 10.6 million Canadians watched that leaders’ debate, which included Prime Minister Harper, former NDP leader Jack Layton, former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe.

In our extended conversation with The Globe’s Jane Taber, she highlighted the ‘knockout punch’ Jack Layton delivered to Michael Ignatieff in that debate:

This election will see more debates, conducted in more formats, and available on more platforms than ever before! Online streams of the events in particular are sure to attract voters young and old throughout Canada.


Here is a list of all the remaining federal leaders’ debates:

Date, Time and Location

Subject

Language

Participants

Organizer(s)

September 17
8:00pm ET
Calgary, AB

Economy

English

Conservatives
Liberals
NDP

The Globe and Mail and Google Canada

September 24
TBD
Montreal, QC

General

French

Bloc Québécois
Conservatives
Greens
Liberals
NDP

Consortium (CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global, Télé-Québec)

September 28
7:00pm ET
Toronto, ON

Foreign Policy

Bilingual

Conservatives
Liberals
NDP

Munk Debates, Aurea Foundation and Facebook Canada

October 2
8:00pm ET
Montreal, QC

General

French

Bloc Québécois
Conservatives
Liberals
NDP

TVA

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