Of the three leaders’ debates in this election, the English debate was by far the most active. It was clear that participants felt forced to try to score points in this final debate.
Traditionally, the undecided segment of voters begins their choice when a debate takes place. All leaders want to look strong and memorable in the final debate.
The moderation from Shachi Kurl was fine, and sparks flew repeatedly among the leaders, so she had her work cut out for her. It was set as a theme that covered leadership, indigenous peoples’ reconciliation, climate change, affordability, and COVID recovery. I expected this to be limited, but the questions pointed out by the moderators led to controversy outside that narrow scope.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was embarrassed because all leaders questioned the motives for calling for an early election. The evacuation blunder in Afghanistan was particularly serious for Trudeau, as it became difficult to keep the timing of Trudeau’s election call. He was clearly angry in a hurry many times during the debate. He struggled to make policy promises when other leaders had the opportunity to point out that he had already had six years to implement his proposal.
He was restless when Greens leader Anamier Paul questioned Trudeau’s eligibility as a feminist and began listing female lawmakers who had left Trudeau’s caucuses. Trudeau interrupted Paul and shot her. He said she wouldn’t take lessons on managing caucuses. It was a disdainful statement, and Trudeau seemed to look even more despised by the strong woman. Trudeau’s decision was a bad mistake. It’s reminiscent of Alberta’s Prime Minister Jim Prentice talking to Alberta’s NDP leader Rachel Notley in the 2015 Alberta elections that “math is difficult.” Overall, Trudeau didn’t go well in the discussion.
NDP leader Jagmate Singh faced multiple questions about how realistic his policy set was. He made a big promise, but lacks details on how to achieve it. Shin talked about those questions. He was also by far the most active of the debate leaders.
Shin repeatedly interfered with other candidates and had to be governed by moderators. It is clear that he is feeling the pressure to score points against Trudeau. He sometimes contributed to Trudeau’s restlessness, but Shin doesn’t think he got his party’s grounds in the debate. He spent a tremendous amount of time fighting Paul for some reason. The NDP should not feel threatened by the Greens for now.
Bloc Québécois leader Eve Francois Blanche was a terrible presence in the debate. It’s not surprising that he takes a Quebec-first approach to the problem, but the way Blanche turned all the questions into problems with Quebec became almost unpleasant. Even when asked about systematic racism, Blanchett turned his answer to diatribe about how Quebec needs to be respected as a nation.
Blanchett hunted down Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and tried to make him promise to reject the entire Quebec pipeline. Outur will not bite. If Blanchett refuses to answer for anything other than trying to boost Quebec’s national character, I really wonder why Blanchett participated in the English debate. He is a bright leader. He could have talked more directly about the problem.
Paul kept herself, but in reality it didn’t have much of an impact. Her performance was fine, but she rarely helped the fate of the Greens.
While he was repeatedly fed and attacked by other leaders, Outur remained cautiously calm and calm throughout the debate. It was clearly a planned strategy and must have had considerable self-control.
Outur is not good at making solid policy statements and has not made many ripples in that regard. After a noisy debate, Outur made an impression of leadership and may have received some approval from viewers. Outur did not ignite the world during the debate, but I think he made the most profit for his party, even if modest.
Regarding these things, the discussion in English was natural. Most leaders stuck to the carefully crafted lines and weren’t surprised.
Trudeau was clearly on the defensive all night, but I don’t think there was a clear loser. If anyone made a profit, it was his calm, approach to the collected incidents. I think most of us were impressed by how he expressed himself for those who are just starting out with Outur.
This debate was solid, but it doesn’t have a dramatic impact on election performances in a dramatic way.
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