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OTTAWA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / October 7, 2019 / Tonight's English-language federal leaders' debate, produced by the Canadian Debate Production Partnership (CDPP), will begin at 7 p.m. ET at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.

The debate will cover five topics (in alphabetical order):

  • Affordability and economic insecurity
  • Environment and energy
  • Indigenous issues
  • Leadership, in Canada and on the world stage
  • Polarization, human rights and immigration

The format of the debate includes five segments, each corresponding to one of the five themes. All five segments will include all of the following four elements:

  • Question from a Canadian
  • Question from a moderator
  • Question from one leader to another
  • Leader-to-leader debate

In September, Canadians were invited to submit questions for the federal leaders' debates; in English, approximately 7200 questions were submitted by almost 4000 people.

Tonight's moderators are Rosemary Barton (CBC News), Susan Delacourt (Toronto Star), Dawna Friesen (Global News), Lisa LaFlamme (CTV News), and Althia Raj (HuffPost Canada); each moderator will guide one of the five segments of the debate.

The format of tonight's two-hour, commercial-free debate aims to provide equal speaking time for each of the six leaders invited by the Leaders' Debates Commission: Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada), Andrew Scheer (Conservative Party of Canada), Jagmeet Singh (New Democratic Party), Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois), Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada), and Maxime Bernier (People's Party of Canada).

At a news conference on Monday, September 30, representatives from the six political parties took part in random draws to determine the following: dressing room location, time of advance visit to the venue, on-stage lectern position, order of questioning during the debate, and order of arrival at the venue (which corresponds to the order of the post-debate press conferences and departure from the venue).

Tonight's debate will air live across various platforms.

Stream online:

  • aol.ca
  • ca.yahoo.com
  • cbcnews.ca
  • ctvnews.ca
  • Facebook
  • globalnews.ca
  • huffingtonpost.ca
  • omnitv.ca
  • quebec.huffingtonpost.ca
  • reuters.tv
  • radio-canada.ca
  • thestar.com
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Watch on television:

  • APTN
  • BNN Bloomberg
  • Cable 14 - Hamilton
  • CBC
  • CBC News Network
  • CP24
  • CPAC
  • CTV
  • CTV News Channel
  • Global
  • OMNI

Listen on radio:

  • CBC Radio One
  • Global News Radio Network

Accessible formats:

  • ASL
  • Closed Captioning
  • Described video
  • LSQ


  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Inuktitut
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Ojibwe
  • Plains Cree
  • Punjabi

The CDPP is ensuring that tonight's debate is:

  • Free to stream and broadcast in its entirety, with video streams on demand after the debate.
  • Widely distributed on digital platforms, television, and radio, to ensure access to a broad cross-section of Canadians across the country, on the platform of their choice.
  • Available in ASL, Closed Captioning, Described Video, and LSQ. These debates will be available on CBC Gem and Tou.TV.
  • Available in English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, and Punjabi. These debates will be carried on OMNI Television.
  • Available in Inuktitut, Ojibwe, and Plains Cree. These debates will be carried on CBC Gem and APTN.
  • Available on third-party platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube through our partner organizations.
  • Clips from tonight's debate will be available on the CDPP YouTube channel and on the Leaders' Debate Commission website.

About the CDPP

In May, the Leaders' Debate Commission issued a request for proposal, seeking bidders to produce the English and French debates. Nine media outlets formed the Canadian Debate Production Partnership (CDPP) and won the contract to produce the two debates.

CDPP partners offer the highest-quality journalism on television, radio, print, and digital platforms. The CDPP is:

  • CBC News
  • Radio-Canada
  • Global News
  • CTV News
  • Toronto Star and Torstar chain
  • HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Québec
  • La Presse
  • Le Devoir
  • L'actualité

For additional information, please contact:

Leon Mar
Spokesperson, Canadian Debate Production Partnership (CDPP)
+1 647 616-5768

SOURCE: Canadian Debate Production Partnership

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