How to watch the federal leaders’ debates — and (maybe) get your question asked

English-language debate is on Oct. 7, two weeks out from election

Five party leaders will take part in one English and one French debate hosted by the Canadian Debate Production Partnership. The leaders are Elizabeth May (Green Party), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Andrew Scheer (Conservative) and Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois). (Canadian Debate Production Partnership)

On Oct. 7, two weeks out from election day, five federal party leaders will face off as part of the English-language debate.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet have all agreed to participate. The debate will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., overlooking Parliament Hill.

The night will be broken down into different sections, each hosted by a veteran journalist, including Rosemary Barton of CBC News. The other moderators are Toronto Star’s Ottawa bureau chief Susan Delacourt, Global News anchor Dawna Friesen, CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme and HuffPost Canada’s Ottawa bureau chief Althia Raj.

They’ll be asking these leaders some of your questions.

The English-language debate will be broken down into different sections, each hosted by a different moderator. From left to right, they are: Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star; Dawna Friesen of Global News; Althia Raj of Huffington Post Canada; Lisa LaFlamme of CTV News; and Rosemary Barton of CBC News. (Canadian Debate Production Partnership)

How to watch

The debate will run 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on many different CBC platforms, including:

  • CBC Television and ​​CBC News Network.
  • CBC Gem.
  • YouTube.
  • Twitter.
  • Facebook.
  • CBC Radio One.
  • CBC Listen app.

The debate will be translated into French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Arabic, Punjabi and key Indigenous languages, and will also include American Sign Language (ASL), Quebec Sign Language (SQL), closed captioning and described video.

Several other independently organized debates are planned for the campaign, but Trudeau hasn’t agreed to all of them. Macleans hosted the first debate in 2015 and will do so again on Sept. 12. The Conservatives, the NDP and the Greens are participating, but the Liberals have said no. The debate will go on regardless.

The Munk Debates also hope to reprise their 2015 showdown focused on foreign policy on Oct. 1. Again, Scheer, Singh and May have said they will take part, but Trudeau is out. Organizers are pressuring him to change his mind or else they’ll set out an “empty chair.”

Trudeau, however, has agreed to a TVA debate in Quebec, which hosted a French-language debate in 2015. He will be joined by Scheer, Singh and Blanchet on Oct. 2. The Greens were not invited. MORE


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