Seven Quick Takeaways From the Canadian Election Debate - 2019-10-08
The English language leadership debate Monday night gave most Canadians their first chance to watch frontrunners Andrew Scheer and Justin Trudeau have a go at each other this campaign. And they likely left feeling somewhat disappointed.
No cliched "knockout punch" was thrown but two hours of grown adults—there were allegedly six on stage—yelling over each other did make for dry entertainment. Scheer and Trudeau going back-and-forth made for some fun (well, "fun") fireworks but the debate was mostly about Trudeau defending his record from just about everyone else on stage.
The NDP's Jagmeet Singh took advantage of the Scheer-Trudeau scuffles by getting in a few well-timed chirps about how much the two bickered. It worked a few times and Singh may have again distinguished himself for the positive messaging this campaign. That may help him going into the 2023 election.