The Canadian Press reports that the first debate of the federal election will take place on August 6 and will be sponsored by Maclean's magazine. All four national party leaders will take part --Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and — after some initial reluctance — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The debate is sponsored by Maclean's magazine which is owned by Rogers.
Liberals had wanted the debate to include a live audience or questions from ordinary Canadians, but multiple sources told CP that idea was shot down by the Conservatives and NDP.
The debate will be broadcast live on Toronto-based Citytv, CPAC and the multicultural Omni 1 and Omni 2 channels, as well as on each broadcaster’s website, Facebook, YouTube and on Rogers Radio news stations. Omni’s coverage will be translated into Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi; CPAC’s coverage will be in both French and English.
The debate is to be moderated by Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells.