Debating Debacle: 2019 Canadian Leaders’ Debate in Review

Last night Canadians from across the nation’s 10 Provinces and 3 Territories tuned into a ” Federal election classic” of sorts: The English Canadian Leaders’ Debate. The debates takes place a few weeks prior the election date in each cycle, and are done twice, once in English and once in Francais. This year’s election for Canada’s next term will take place on October 21st, 2019, and it is hard to tell who will come out on top as there have been several surprises this time around.

Last night’s debate saw current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party) joined by Elizabeth May (Green Party), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Andrew Scheer (Conservative Party), Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), and Maxime Bernier (People’s Party) in intense discourse. The leaders discussed issues of Energy, Economics, Climate Change, Social Justice, and First Nations issues.

One of the highlights from the evening, was the constant, abrasive discussion that was ongoing between Andrew Scheer and Justin Trudeau. The two seemed to have been off-loading personal grievances they had with each other as they took not-so-subtle jabs at one another. Of the two, Trudeau seemed to at least attempt to address the matter being discussed, while Scheer used much of his time to note what the Trudeau government was lacking, as opposed to going into great depth on what his current platform is/what it will be.

Another exciting moment this election is the rise of Elizabeth May! The Green Party of Canada was founded in 1983 at Carleton University in Ottawa, and has only recently come to the forefront of the Federal elections, most likely due to the fact that many Canadians are now coming to grips with the reality of Climate Change, and the Green Party’s platform rooted in the science that backs the facts of Climate Change. Elizabeth May was eloquent, an although she focused mainly on environmental issues, she also gave great importance to Canada’s First Nations communities.

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier was adamant about immigration cuts when discussing his platform. Bernier noted that many European countries have an issue integrating immigrants into their society, and that Canada is currently facing this issue due to the overflow of immigrants coming into our nation. Although Bernie did fail to go into greater detail as to the specifics of how he would then strive to better integrate those immigrants that would be able to enter Canada.

In a somewhat surprising address of Quebec’s Bill 21 that has been labelled racist, has led to a few hate crimes, and has resulted in many people leaving Quebec to move elsewhere – Jagmeet Singh noted that he would not interfere with the ongoing court challenge that s being led by citizens of Quebec against the Bill. Prime Minister Trudeau assured Canadians that the Federal government would intervene, but perhaps Singh’s approach is the more measured one. After all, Citizens, and the Provincial Government of Quebec should also come to some sort of mutual understanding and agreement between themselves, instead of having the Federal government impose a strict answer. If the Federal government forced that upon Quebec, it could actually lead to greater tensions amongst the citizens that live there. Whereas, if they are able to come to a mutual understanding, through the administration of justice, then there could be a chance to move forward in a more harmonious way.

Overall, the debate was lively, passionate, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May break through barriers in their own respective ways. They were also the two that I felt spoke for Canadians, which is something that Trudeau did prior to being elected, however it would appear that we had been sold a dream during his election platform and campaigning days. I am looking forward to seeing Canadians come out and vote for a stronger Canada this election, economically, environmentally, socially, and in terms of Canada’s presence on the world stage. Who will you be voting for?/pour qui voterez-vous?

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