There will eventually another leaders’ debate in French and it’s La Presse and Radio-Canada will host the partnership, announced the consolidation of the media Tuesday. The leaders of the five major political parties, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, face off on September 24 at 20h, as the campaign begins its final sprint.
The first leaders’ debate in French of this long campaign will be shot in the Montreal studios of Radio-Canada and will air live on the website of La Presse and Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec. The English channels CBC News, CTV News and Global News will also broadcast the verbal jousting with simultaneous translation.
The CBC journalist Anne-Marie Dussault will moderate while the anchorperson Patrice Roy and La Presse columnist Yves Boisvert to pose questions in the debate, which will involve leaders Stephen Harper, Gilles Duceppe, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May.
“This is tremendous news for La Presse. For the first time, La Presse will be central to the organization of a leaders’ debate for a federal election, with Radio-Canada “welcomed Éric Trottier, vice president of Information and Deputy Editor La Presse, saying it is a “historic moment” for the Press +.
The leader of the Conservative Party refused to participate in a second debate in French, since he already took part in four debates, three of which are in English. The NDP leader Thomas Mulcair meanwhile refused to participate in a debate without Stephen Harper.
Discussions are continuing with a view to organizing a leaders’ debate in English on 8 October. The second debate in French, organized by VAT, is expected Oct. 2.