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Heated debate tackles climate, economy, more

A two hour war of words.



Party leaders before the debate Monday night via Global News on Twitter.

The main party leaders took to a stage in Quebec to wage an intense war of words over votes on Monday night in the one and only English language debate featuring all six ahead of the federal election taking place in two week, fighting to get ahead of the others in a tight race.

There were five sections that different moderators presided over: leadership in Canada, affordability and economic insecurity, environment and energy, Indigenous issues and polarization around human rights and immigration.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who is aiming to be re-elected prime minister, was on the defensive for at least part of the debate, a common position for incumbents. He was attacked over his several political affairs, his environmental record and the economy.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer attacked within the first few moments of the debate, ignoring a question from the audience to point out that Trudeau is a “phoney and a fraud” who does not deserve to be the Canadian premier.

New Democrat Jagmeet Singh had his own attacks on the prime minister and Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer. He was on the offensive as he stood by a platform described as left of the Liberal policies and dismissed the stances of People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier.

Elizabeth May of the Greens stood by her traditional issue of the environment. Near the end of debate, she told Scheer that he would not be the next prime minister. Should the Liberals win a minority government, the Green Party, as well as the NDP, could be the kingmakers.

Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois spoke on francophone issues and policy that would benefit the people of the French province. He also came out hard swinging against Scheer. Political analysts said that he was an unexpected ally of Trudeau when the discussion turned to SNC-Lavalin.


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