From the Conservative campaign.
OTTAWA – Statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
“I have asked my campaign to contact the TV networks about the amount of time devoted to the economy during this week’s broadcast debates.
“The United States financial crisis has deepened since the debate format was finalized. The economy is, understandably, top of mind for most Canadians. Unfortunately, the current debate format does not devote sufficient time to the economy, the most important issue facing Canada today.
“I have instructed my party to do everything possible to accommodate a format change to ensure these debates focus on the number one issue on the minds of Canadians – the economy – and that the economic discussion take precedence over less urgent issues.”