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Debate night


 

The whole Maclean’s team will be around tonight with running commentary of the English-language leaders debate. (A link to our debate hub to come.)

The two-hour debate will be separated into six segments. A question will be posed by an average Canadian and a one-on-one debate between two leaders will follow for six minutes. The other leaders will then be invited to join the discussion. At the end of the six segments, the leaders will be able to make final statements.

The six initial pairings are as follows.

1. Harper—Duceppe
2. Ignatieff—Layton
3. Harper—Ignatieff
4. Duceppe—Layton
5. Ignatieff—Duceppe
6. Layton—Harper

Elizabeth May will apparently be responding to the debate in real time.


 

Debate night

  1. Well now the 'consortium' has made a COMPLETE mess of it.

  2. Well now the 'consortium' has made a COMPLETE mess of it.

  3. I like the format. Probably would have been better to switch Harper-Layton with Harper-Ignatieff so the latter is at the end.

    But that's nit-picking.

  4. I like the format. Probably would have been better to switch Harper-Layton with Harper-Ignatieff so the latter is at the end.

    But that's nit-picking.

  5. Every time Harper tells a blatant lie, have a drink.

  6. Every time Harper tells a blatant lie, have a drink.

    • With a drinking game like that, you'll end up in hospital suffering from alcohol poisoning

  7. Elizabeth May will apparently be responding to the debate in real time.

    I wouldn't have been surprised if she was there heckling them…wouldn't have blamed her either.

  8. Elizabeth May will apparently be responding to the debate in real time.

    I wouldn't have been surprised if she was there heckling them…wouldn't have blamed her either.

  9. Does that mean we get to see the debate through the magic of a pod cast thingy…or is it follow the bouncing ball and add your witty cum snarky bit whenever?

  10. With a drinking game like that, you'll end up in hospital suffering from alcohol poisoning

  11. in fairness, for those in B.C. it's more like Debate afternoon or Debate Matinee. Of course they all vote CPC anyway wouldn't want them to actually be involved in the process.

  12. in fairness, for those in B.C. it's more like Debate afternoon or Debate Matinee. Of course they all vote CPC anyway wouldn't want them to actually be involved in the process.

    • BC is going to be important. And there are lots of NDPers out there. It'll be interesting to see if they flee to the libs if it looks like majority.

    • Hello from BC! Many of us will NOT be voting conservative!

    • If you look at polls BC tends to be about 40-50% CPC, which is higher than the national average, but not by a huge amount. Additionally, it is distributed very differently across the province. Rural BC is very conservative, but the Lower Mainland has stronger LPC and NDP support (mainly downtown) with each electing a number of MPs there, and with some competitive CPC-LPC and CPC-NDP races in suburbs. Lower Vancouver Island has a number of NDP strongholds and the more rural parts of the island are often NDP-CPC races, some closer than others.

  13. or how about a drink every time Ignatieff says "I". see who get's pissed first.

  14. apparently she plans to rappel down the curtain and hang a banner

  15. Shame the debates won't provide any answers either.

    the 'leaders' – these parasites – just want a stream of government cheques for their 'people'.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    Our media would do a better service pointing this out, rather than acting as wind-up merchants for low intensity messaging.

    The people truly get the government they deserve.

  16. Shame the debates won't provide any answers either.

    the 'leaders' – these parasites – just want a stream of government cheques for their 'people'.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    Our media would do a better service pointing this out, rather than acting as wind-up merchants for low intensity messaging.

    The people truly get the government they deserve.

  17. Double up whenever Jack mentions kitchen table or family values.

  18. Double up whenever Jack mentions kitchen table or family values.

    • Kitchen Table is so 2008.

      • You're right. I haven't been paying attention to Jack much. What's the symbol now?

        • Facebook.

  19. LOL…That i would love to see. Maybe she could borrow Mary Walsh's warrior princess outfit?

  20. BC is going to be important. And there are lots of NDPers out there. It'll be interesting to see if they flee to the libs if it looks like majority.

  21. Kitchen Table is so 2008.

  22. Hello from BC! Many of us will NOT be voting conservative!

  23. I think it makes sense to end with Canadians' top two choices for PM going head to head.

  24. You're right. I haven't been paying attention to Jack much. What's the symbol now?

  25. If you look at polls BC tends to be about 40-50% CPC, which is higher than the national average, but not by a huge amount. Additionally, it is distributed very differently across the province. Rural BC is very conservative, but the Lower Mainland has stronger LPC and NDP support (mainly downtown) with each electing a number of MPs there, and with some competitive CPC-LPC and CPC-NDP races in suburbs. Lower Vancouver Island has a number of NDP strongholds and the more rural parts of the island are often NDP-CPC races, some closer than others.

  26. Facebook.

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