As election looms, Quebec party leaders face off in 2nd debate

With voting day less than two weeks away, Quebec’s five main party leaders are squaring off in the election campaign’s second and final debate.

François Legault, the leader of Coalition Avenir Québec, the Quebec Liberal Party’s Dominique Anglade, Québec Solidaire’s Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and Éric Duhaime from the Conservative Party of Quebec are debating the following five themes:

  • The environment.
  • Cost of living and the economy.
  • Health.
  • Education and citizen services.
  • The French language, immigration and identity.

Unlike last week’s debate on the TVA Network — which featured a “face-to-face” format, pitting two leaders against each other on a single issue — discussions on the five themes are open to each candidate.

The two-hour event, which started at 8 p.m., will end with a series of rapid-fire questions.

The debate is taking place at La Nouvelle Maison de Radio-Canada in downtown Montreal with Radio-Canada’s Patrice Roy moderating.

The election will take place on Oct. 3. Quebecers can also cast their ballots in advance polls this Sunday and Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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