2021 Federal Election: Debate Broadcast Group Announces Themes and Format of English-language Debate Français
OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 6, 2021 /CNW/ - The Debate Broadcast Group today announced the themes and format of this Thursday's English-language federal leaders' debate.
The debate will cover five themes (in alphabetical order):
The format of the two-hour, commercial-free debate includes five segments, each corresponding to one of the five themes.
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- COVID recovery
- Leadership and accountability
These topics were chosen based in part on the 20,201 responses to a questionnaire that was published on the websites of Debate Broadcast Group partners, including APTN News, CBC News, CTV News, and Global News.
The format of the two-hour, commercial-free debate includes five segments, each corresponding to one of the five themes. All five segments will include:
- Question from a voter
- Question from the moderator or a journalist to each leader
- Leader-to-leader-to-leader debate (3 of the 5 leaders)
- Open debate (all 5 leaders)
Each leader will be given the chance to speak during each segment.
The five leaders invited by the Leaders' Debates Commission
are (in alphabetical order by last name): Yves-François Blanchet (Bloc Québécois), Erin O'Toole (Conservative Party of Canada), Annamie Paul (Green Party of Canada), Jagmeet Singh (New Democratic Party), and Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada).
The English debate will take place on Thursday, September 9 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT. It will be moderated by Shachi Kurl
, President of the Angus Reid Institute, with the participation of journalists Rosemary Barton
(CBC News), Melissa Ridgen
(APTN News), Evan Solomon
(CTV News) and Mercedes Stephenson
Last Wednesday, September 1, representatives from the five political parties took part in random draws to determine the following: time of advance visit to the venue, on-stage lectern position, order of questioning during the debate, order of arrival at the venue and order of the post-debate press conferences.
Thursday's debate will air live across various platforms.
Watch on television:
- CBC Radio One
- Global News Radio Network
- Closed captioning
- Described video
- Inuktitut (Baffin)
- Plains Cree
- ASL [American Sign Language]
- LSQ [langue des signes québécoise]
The Debate Broadcast Group is ensuring that Thursday's debate is:
- Free to stream and broadcast live in its entirety, with video streams on demand after the debate.
- Widely distributed on digital platforms, television, and radio, to ensure access to a broad cross-section of people across the country, on the platforms of their choice.
- Available in ASL [American Sign Language], closed captioning, described video, and LSQ [langue des signes québécoise].
- Available in Dene, Inuktitut (Baffin), and Plains Cree on CBC Gem and APTN.
- Available in Arabic, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Tagalog on OMNI Television.
- Available on Debate Broadcast Group partner apps.
- Available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About the Debate Broadcast Group
The Debate Broadcast Group, selected by the Leaders' Debates Commission to produce the leaders' debates for the federal general election in English and French, is a partnership of 10 news organizations.
Debate Broadcast Group partners offer the highest-quality journalism on television, radio, print and digital platforms:
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For further information: Media contact: Leon Mar, Spokesperson, Debate Broadcast Group, +1 647 616-5768, firstname.lastname@example.org
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