Federal election leaders’ debate 2021: Live video and analysis

Federal election leaders' debate 2021: Live video and analysis

Tonight, at 9 p.m. ET, the federal leaders will face off in English for the first — and last — time before the election

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Watch live video of the debate here, starting at 9 p.m. ET, and follow our live coverage and analysis at the bottom of this post.

The two-hour debate includes five segments, each corresponding to one of five themes: affordability, climate, COVID recovery, leadership and accountability, and reconciliation. Each of the five segments will include: a question from a voter, a question from the moderator or a journalist to each leader, leader-to-leader-to-leader debate (three of the five leaders) and open debate (all five leaders). Each leader have the chance to speak during each segment.

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The debate will be moderated by Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute. Journalists Rosemary Barton (CBC News), Melissa Ridgen (APTN News), Evan Solomon (CTV News) and Mercedes Stephenson (Global News) will also take part.

This is the third time the federal leaders are participating in a debate, but the first time in English. Wednesday night’s French-language debate, which was hosted by the same independent commission and followed the same format, was largely flat, with participants mostly serving viewers pre-packaged lines on hot-button issues such as the deficits, the environment, healthcare and Indigenous policy.

One of the few lively clashes occurred between Trudeau and Blanchet, not on a substantive policy issue, but rather on if Trudeau was Quebecer or not.

“You do not have a monopoly over Quebec,” Trudeau said to Blanchet, nearly yelling. “You don’t get to accuse me of not being Quebecer enough.”

Just like during the first debate last week, Trudeau was repeatedly grilled by opposition leaders about his decision to call a “selfish” election, a question that already seemed to annoy him just minutes into the debate.

National Post, with files from Christopher Nardi

Follow our live coverage of the debate, below, starting at 9 p.m. ET. Can’t see our liveblog? View it on nationalpost.com.