Sep 10, 2021
By Jane Brown
It’s back to the campaign trail for the five federal party leaders now that both official debates have wrapped up.
Thursday night, they debated the issues in English, in a format that was sometimes frustrating to watch as the leaders were constantly cut off by the moderator.
While there was no clear winner, each got some jabs in, including Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, who questioned Justin Trudeau’s feminism after he kicked out Jane Philpott, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Celina Ceesar-Chavannes from his Liberal caucus.
Foreign policy, climate change and indigenous issues were among the debate topics.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and Annamie Paul all piled on Trudeau for calling an election while Afghanistan was falling to the Taliban.
On that, Trudeau shot back, accusing the other leaders of taking down the work by the military and diplomats to get 3700 people out of Afghanistan, 43 more with the help of Qatar earlier on Thursday.
Trudeau also said his government is doing everything it can to get Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor out of China.
It remains to be seen whether either Wednesday’s French debate or Thursday’s English debate moved voter sentiment, with just 10 days to go before election day on Sept. 20.
Polls have suggested the Liberals and Conservatives are locked in a dead heat for first place.