Public events were evacuated calendars chiefs on Wednesday on the eve of the first major electoral debate of this long campaign.
The Stephen Harper Conservative, NDP Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Justin Trudeau were all closed retreat to prepare for the event organized by Maclean’s magazine.
The leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) however gave interviews Wednesday morning, including the Radio-Canada, where he has spoken on the issue … of electoral debates.
Only Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois, and Jean-François Fortin, Forces and democracy, which will not be the oratorical contest to be held in English, have registered events on the schedule of their day.
The first part including a “militant activity” in Îles-de-la-Madeleine to 17h. He will be accompanied by the PQ leader, Pierre Karl Péladeau, and the Bloc candidate in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Nicolas Roussy.
The second met the press in Ottawa, where he strongly criticized the Conservative government’s decision to dissolve parliament hastily and thus pave the way for an election campaign 78 days.
Mr. Fortin took the opportunity to reiterate that he had come to recruit a total of about 25 candidates in Quebec and across the country – it already has a color carrier in Ontario and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.
But no question of presenting “post-candidates”, he warned, saying preferred representatives “who come from the community” and “not just names on a ballot to attract the electorate” .
On Thursday promises to be as quiet as leaders prepare to lock horns for the first time.
But before jumping into the arena Justin Trudeau will mount in the ring: he invited the media to a photo shoot in a Toronto boxing club on Thursday morning.
We remember that the outgoing MP for Papineau had caused a surprise by winning a charity boxing fight against the conservative Senator – since suspended – Patrick Brazeau in March 2012.
Maclean’s debate, which will be recorded in Toronto, will be released on multiple platforms and television channels. It will start at 20h, will last two hours and will be followed by a press conference of heads.