Televised election debate: Just plot twists and mudslinging?

MONTREAL – The leaders of Quebec’s four main political parties are set to face off Thursday night in the final debate before the election on April 7.

The proposed format for the live TVA event will have each of the leaders debating a theme one-on-one, followed by a four-person debate.


This tête-à-tête rendezvous has all the makings of a lover’s spat in a prime time soap opera.

Francois Legault, the leader of the Coaliton Avenir Quebec, will play the part of the jilted lover throwing out accusations of broken promises and dredging up past mistakes.

Pauline Marois of the Parti Quebecois and Philippe Couillard of the Liberal Party will be cast in the role of a couple in the throes of an acrimonious divorce; expect allegations of hidden assets, wrongdoings and a good deal of mudslinging.

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Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois will be pointing out illegal Liberal assets. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press
Liberal party leader Philippe Couillard will be pointing out all the PQ failings. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press
Coalition Avenir du Quebec leader Francois Legault will be angling to get a solid political punch in. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press
Quebec Solidaire leader Francoise David inevitably becomes the voice of reason in debate chaos. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press
Don't expect bisoux at the final Quebec election debate. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

As Marois and Couillard each grapple for the moral high ground, the camera will zoom in on Francoise David of Quebec Solidaire, as the mediator trying to be the voice of reason.

At the end of the two-hour special, you may be left feeling a little empty. Sure, each of the character’s stories will have been touched upon, but aside from the rehashing of old material will anything have been resolved?

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You’ll have to tune in on April 7 to see the grand denouement.

If political soap operas aren’t your thing, the Habs are playing the Red Wings tonight.

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