French-language TVA debate to go ahead after Trudeau agrees to participate - 2019-09-06
After some uncertainty, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday agreed to participate in a French-language debate hosted by TVA alongside the leaders of the Conservative, NDP and Bloc Québécois parties.
The television network, among the most-watched in Quebec, has scheduled the debate for Oct. 2 in Montreal — a day after a foreign policy-focused debate hosted by Munk Debates is slated to take place. TVA did not invite Green Party Leader Elizabeth May or People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier to participate.
May said it was "shocking" that TVA would exclude her from the contest given the "distinct dent" the party has made in Quebec polls in recent weeks. She called on the other leaders to boycott the debate until all leaders are allow to participate.