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WATCH: B.C. leaders’ debate 2020

WATCH: The leaders of British Columbia's three largest political parties took part in a televised election debate on Tuesday night.

The leaders of B.C.’s three largest political parties took part in a televised election debate on Tuesday night.

The 90-minute debate featured BC NDP Leader John Horgan, BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau.

The discussion centred around COVID-19 recovery and which leader is best suited to guide the province through the ongoing pandemic.

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Wilkinson likened the pandemic to a “wartime economy” and said governments around the world will be dealing with deficits as he defended his promise to eliminate the PST for a year.

Asked why he called an election during the pandemic, Horgan said people’s worlds “have been turned upside down” and he thought the province wanted to put the election behind it.

Green Leader Sonia Furstenau responded to a question about her opposition to two major pipeline projects by promising jobs across the province with a switch to clean energy.

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A poll released Tuesday suggested the NDP holds a comfortable lead over the Liberals and Greens.

Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News, the poll suggests 52 per cent of decided voters will vote for the New Democrats, compared to 34 per cent for the Liberals and 11 per cent for the Greens.

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The debate did not take place in front of a live audience because of the pandemic.

— With files from The Canadian Press

Read more: B.C. election 2020: Wilkinson needs ‘something dramatic’ in Tuesday’s debate to close gap

— With files from Richard Zussman

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