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There Was Also an Election Debate in Canada Last Night

Republican presidential candidates weren’t the only group of politicians having a debate last night.

While the GOP White House aspirants sparred, the leaders of Canada’s four political parties gathered in Toronto to have their first English language debate of Canada’s 2015 election, which was called less than a week ago. I cannot ever recall a leaders debate taking place this early in the campaign. Represented on stage were Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservatives, the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Justin Trudeau of the Liberals, as well as Elizabeth May of the Green Party.

As with most debates, there were no knockout punches although under questioning by Mulcair, Harper admitted that Canada may be headed to a mild recession. Harper was otherwise unflappable. The one thing that could benefit Harper in this election is a divided opposition. Although Mulcair is leading in the polls, voters got a closer look at May, who is probably the toughest debate foe Harper has despite having only two seats in the House of Commons. May also went after Mulcair with equal vigor. Although Trudeau had his moments, he continued to remind people that he has little of his late father Pierre’s savoir-faire. However, it is unlikely that May will appear in future debates. I’m sure Mulcair and Trudeau will try to see to that. Neither wants the anti-Harper vote further diluted than it already is.

But there is a long way to go. The next leaders debate will take place on September 17 (a day after the next GOP debate) in Calgary. That’s nearly six weeks from now and the whole dynamic of the election could be completely changed by then. That debate will also be in English and focus on the economy. As mentioned previously, May hasn’t been invited to this debate and that could prove to Harper’s detriment.

Canadians will elect their next government on October 19.

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