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Leaders’ Debates Commission

The Leaders’ Debates Commission will make the debates a more predictable, reliable, and stable element of federal election campaigns.

Leaders’ Debates Commission

Here’s how you can watch, listen, and participate in the two official leaders’ debates in the 2019 election campaign. This page will be updated regularly with new information, links to debate streams and information on livestream viewing parties across the country.

How to watch and listen

English debate

Monday Oct. 7, 2019, 7-9 p.m. EST.

The Canadian Museum of History
in Gatineau, QC, in front of a live audience.

Stream on the following platforms

  • Thestar.com
  • Huffingtonpost.ca
  • CBCnews.ca
  • CTVnews.ca
  • Globalnews.ca
  • Radio-Canada.ca (French)
  • Ca.Yahoo.com
  • AOL.ca
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

View on the following networks

  • CTV
  • CTV News Channel
  • CBC
  • CBC News Network
  • Global
  • RDI (French)
  • CPAC
  • OMNI
  • APTN
  • Cable 14 – Hamilton

Listen on

  • CBC Radio One
  • Global News Radio Network

Accessible formats

  • Closed Captioning
  • Described video
  • ASL
  • LSQ

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Cree
  • Inuktitut
  • Ojibway
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi

French debate

Thursday Oct. 10, 2019, 8-10 p.m. EST.

The Canadian Museum of History
in Gatineau, QC, in front of a live audience.

Stream on the following platforms

  • Radio-Canada.ca
  • Lapresse.ca
  • Ledevoir.com
  • Lactualite.com
  • Quebec.huffingtonpost.ca
  • Ledroit.com
  • Lesoleil.com
  • Latribune.ca
  • Lequotiden.com
  • Lenouvelliste.ca
  • Lavoixdelest.ca
  • CBCnews.ca (English)
  • CTVnews.ca (English)
  • Globalnews.ca (English)
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

View on the following networks

  • ICI Radio-Canada Télé
  • RDI
  • CBC News Network (English)
  • CTV News Network (English)
  • CPAC
  • OMNI
  • Groupe V Média

Listen on

  • ICI Radio-Canada Première

Accessible formats

  • Closed Captioning
  • Described video
  • ASL
  • LSQ

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Cree
  • Inuktitut
  • Ojibway
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi

Stream on the following platforms

  • Thestar.com
  • Huffingtonpost.ca
  • CBCnews.ca
  • CTVnews.ca
  • Globalnews.ca
  • Radio-Canada.ca (French)
  • Ca.Yahoo.com
  • AOL.ca
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

View on the following networks

  • CTV
  • CTV News Channel
  • CBC
  • CBC News Network
  • Global
  • RDI (French)
  • CPAC
  • OMNI
  • APTN
  • Cable 14 – Hamilton

Listen on

  • CBC Radio One
  • Global News Radio Network

Accessible formats

  • Closed Captioning
  • Described video
  • ASL
  • LSQ

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Cree
  • Inuktitut
  • Ojibway
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi

Stream on the following platforms

  • Radio-Canada.ca
  • Lapresse.ca
  • Ledevoir.com
  • Lactualite.com
  • Quebec.huffingtonpost.ca
  • Ledroit.com
  • Lesoleil.com
  • Latribune.ca
  • Lequotiden.com
  • Lenouvelliste.ca
  • Lavoixdelest.ca
  • CBCnews.ca (English)
  • CTVnews.ca (English)
  • Globalnews.ca (English)
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

View on the following networks

  • ICI Radio-Canada Télé
  • RDI
  • CBC News Network (English)
  • CTV News Network (English)
  • CPAC
  • OMNI
  • Groupe V Média

Listen on

  • ICI Radio-Canada Première

Accessible formats

  • Closed Captioning
  • Described video
  • ASL
  • LSQ

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Cree
  • Inuktitut
  • Ojibway
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi

Participants

The Party leaders invited to the debates:

  • Yves-François Blanchet, Bloc Québécois
  • Andrew Scheer, Conservative Party of Canada
  • Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada
  • Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada
  • Jagmeet Singh, New Democratic Party
  • Maxime Bernier, People’s Party of Canada

For more information, view the participation criteria.

Moderators

The moderators come from each of the media organizations in the Canadian Debate Production Partnership, the group responsible for promoting, producing and distributing the debates.

Susan Delacourt, Dawna Friesen, Althia Raj, Lisa LaFlamme, Rosemary Barton

In the English debate, distinct sections of the two-hour event will be guided by the moderators:

  • Susan Delacourt, Ottawa bureau chief, Toronto Star
  • Dawna Friesen, national anchor, Global News
  • Althia Raj, Ottawa bureau chief, HuffPost Canada
  • Lisa LaFlamme, chief news anchor, CTV News
  • Rosemary Barton, chief correspondent of political coverage and live specials, CBC News.

Alec Castonguay, Patricia Cloutier, Hélène Buzzetti, François Cardinal, Patrice Roy

The French debate will be moderated by Patrice Roy from Radio-Canada with the participation of:

  • Alec Castonguay, head of politics bureau, L’actualité
  • Patricia Cloutier, National Assembly reporter, Le Soleil
  • Hélène Buzzetti, parliamentary correspondent, Le Devoir
  • François Cardinal, editor-in-chief, La Presse.

How the debate producer was chosen

In May, the Commission issued a request for proposal, seeking bidders to produce the English and French debates. Nine media outlets came together to form the Canadian Debate Production Partnership (CDPP) and won the contract to produce the two events. The CDPP is responsible for promoting, producing and distributing the French and English debates.

Date modified: September 19, 2019