Election debates can accomplish or destroy campaigns. Election debates provide voters in the campaign with the first chance to see the leader face up directly on the issue. Election needles rarely move too much in debate alone, but they can give you a knockout punch against your rivals. Sometimes politicians shoot their feet. Politicians are motivated to earn points, but also cages.
In a 1984 debate, Brian Mulroney is famous for hunting down John Turner as “You had a choice, Sir!”. Statement regarding the appointment of sponsors. It was considered a turning point in the campaign.
More recently, in a debate in Alberta’s 2015 campaign, Prime Minister Jim Prentice resented voters and told NDP petite leader Rachel Notley, “I know math is difficult.” rice field. It was criticized as bullying and insulting women. These six words squeezed the Progressive Conservative Party’s campaign and contributed to the confusing victory of the NDP.
In the first debate of the campaign, knockout hits were not recorded and there were no damaging errors. All the leaders were composed and clearly well rehearsed. The moderation was impressive and the event went smoothly. We have seen so many debate models degenerated into screaming games. In the TVA “Face-a-Face” debate, it was nice to see the order maintained while the candidates were able to engage directly with each other.
Being a French debate, we provided tests for leaders outside Quebec to demonstrate their ability to speak French (or lack of it). NDP leader Jagmate Singh had already demonstrated French proficiency in the 2019 elections. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole proved comfortable and fluid in French during the debate. This is important because Quebec voters are language-sensitive and unlikely to accept leaders who do not speak French well.
Incumbent prime ministers are usually the subject of debate, as they pile up in the hope that opposition leaders will cut back on their support. The TVA debate was no exception, but the leaders were all relatively civil. Justin Trudeau remained calm throughout the barrage, but struggled to justify why he called for an early election and other leaders jumped at it. Trudeau was unable to express a clear answer to the question, but he maintained his stance and passed through the question in that round relatively intact.
Trudeau earned several points in Outur by repeatedly demanding to know if Autour supports the provision of medical care to the private sector. Given that Canada already has many private delivery options in healthcare, it’s a bit dishonest attack. However, our universal health insurance system is a politically sacred cow, and refusing Otur to answer that question negatively and directly can scare some people. It was a continuation of the video theme tweeted by Chrystia Freeland, who was made a doctor to make Outur appear to be trying to reduce the universality of the health care system. The video backfired on the liberals because it was such a dirty play. Continuing to attack Autour on this issue may not work as the liberals want.
Shin always blamed the “ultra-rich” and stuck to the NDP script of playing the politics of envy. He is pursuing the role of the opposition and does not really want to score points, he just needs to remain solid.
Block leader Eve Francois Blanche was well-characterized and confident in the discussion. He was able to stick to Quebec’s first theme and force other leaders to fight for other policy issues. Blanchett urged other leaders to hunt down and promise to bring the planned drug facility to Quebec instead of Ontario. The leader did not commit and he created a new wedge. The controversial Quebec Bill-21, which banned civil servants from wearing religious symbols, allowed Blanchett to put other leaders on the spot. The bill is popular in Quebec, but has been criticized elsewhere in Canada. Leaders other than Blanche, who are in favor of the bill, are certain to lose support in either region.
Overall, it was a solid debate performance, so no one gained or lost significant grounds in the campaign. Some challenging issues were discussed and people left at least a little better informed about where the leader was standing.
The main event is the English debate on September 9th. There is another French debate, but the final debate takes place within two weeks of Election Day and you can see the leaders doing their best. When the campaign is nearing its end, whether confident or desperate.
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