Dates and venue set for federal leaders’ debates ahead of Sept. 20 election


With a federal election officially set for Sept. 20, the dates and venues of the federal leaders’ debates have been announced. The Debate Broadcast Group announced on Sunday that the French-language debate will take place on Sept. 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT and the English language debate will follow on Sept. 9 from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT. Moderators for the debates have also been decided. The Sept. 8 French language debate will be moderated by Patrice Roy with journalists Helene Buzzetti, Guillaume Bourgault-Cote, Paul Journey and Marie Vastel participating. Noemi Mercier will moderate a separate segment that will include questions asked by Canadians. The Sept. 9 English debate will be moderated by Shachi Kurl, President of the Angus Reid Institute. Participating journalists will include Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period and CTV News Channel’s Power Play, as well as Rosemary Barton, Melissa Ridgen and Mercedes Stephenson. The debates will be produced by the Debate Broadcast Group, a partnership of 10 news organizations: CTV News, Noovo Info, APTN News, CBC News, Global News, L’actualite, Les coops de l’information, Le Devoir, La Press and Radio-Canada.

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