Quebec party leaders to face off in historic English language debate

PQ leader Jean-Francois Lisee left, Quebec Solidaire leader Manon Masse , CAQ leader Francois Legault and Liberal leader Philippe Couillard , pose for photos before their debate Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Montreal, Que.. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Quebec’s four would-be premiers face off tonight in the province’s first-ever televised English-language debate.

It will be hosted by Global’s Senior Anchor Jamie Orchard and co-moderated by CBC’s Debra Arbec and CTV’s Mutsumi Takahashi. You can watch the live broadcast on Global News at 5:30 or online at

Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Jean-Francois Lisee of the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire‘s Manon Masse will all be hoping to impress English-speaking voters ahead of the Oct. 1 election.

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The candidates will debate topics including education, health, economy, identity, the environment and relations with the English-speaking community.

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While the themes are similar to those of last week’s debate in French, this time the candidates will have the added challenge of expressing themselves in their second language.

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The English-speaking community has traditionally voted overwhelmingly for the federalist Liberals, however more votes could be at play this time since none of the major parties are calling for a referendum on Quebec separation.

The first debate took place last week, while another French-language showdown is scheduled for Thursday.

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