Harper challenges Ignatieff to debate

'Any time, any place': Ignatieff

Stephen Harper opened the door on Wednesday to a televised one-on-one debate with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. In response to question about Green party leader Elizabeth May’s exclusion from the leaders’ debates, Harper said the Conservatives were open to several possible scenarios, including “a debate between Mr. Ignatieff and myself, since, after all, the real choice in this election is a choice between a Conservative government or an Ignatieff-led government that all of these other parties will support.” Ignatieff welcomed the idea. “Any time, any place,” he responded. “Mr. Harper has proposed a debate between the two of us, I am there. I am available.” Harper nevertheless noted the final decision on the format of any televised leaders’ debate rests with broadcast consortium responsible for airing it.

Montreal Gazette

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