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Debate Takeaways - Oct 3


Good morning,


Last night, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau faced off for the first time on the topics of abortion, medically assisted death, secularism and cannabis against four of his six leadership rivals in the TVA French language debate. It will be interesting to see if the performances in tonight’s debate change the electoral map in La Belle Province.


Elizabeth May and Maxime Bernier were not invited to this debate because their parties do not have elected Quebec MPs. Instead, Ms. May participated in CBC’s Face to Face series.


The next opportunity to hear the leaders defend their policies will come next week with the English leaders debate on Tuesday and the French language debate on Thursday.


Until then, let’s see what is…

4 moments from the TVA French-language leaders debate https://bit.ly/2pwfwdk

Sparks fly in French-language election debate https://bit.ly/2pFFTxJ


Trudeau a hypocrite? With climate action a big election issue, the Liberal Party confirms details in Conservative media release saying that Trudeau has been secretly using two planes to campaign this election. Liberals say that they’re buying carbon offsets. Details here: cpcp.cc/GHK-RY.


Jagmeet Singh confronted by man who told him to 'cut off' turban ctv.news/4AMLAVC

NDP releases new ad in Quebec https://bit.ly/2oH5C8g


Conservatives announce plan to end practice of dumping raw sewage in our waters https://bit.ly/2nUnKLQ


Federal Party Survey on Environmental Platforms - A group of environment organizations compiled their priorities and surveyed all 6 parties on these priorities. Here are their answers: https://election2019envirosurvey.ca/summary/


Column: Federal parties want end of oilsands but offer no specific aid to transition Alberta’s economy. $10 bilion a year would do it. https://bit.ly/2o2S1Z9


Jason Kenney headed to Ontario to campaign for Andrew Scheer in crucial Toronto-area ridings https://bit.ly/2nZmjfh


John Ivison: The NDP has dusted off the 1972 playbook. It’s tired, class warfare stuff, but it's starting to resonate https://bit.ly/2n58gV7

Markus Harvey, a 50-year-old Maugerville, N.B. resident, for his interview skills and introducing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to the phrase "slicker n'deer guts on a doorknob" https://www.pscp.tv/w/1MnGnEOvElkKO

Conservative MP uses campaign flyer to spread falsehoods about ‘fake refugees’ https://bit.ly/2pq1avc


It turns out the Canadian Labour Congress has a “Susan” of their own, and her name is Laurie


Where you will find the leaders today.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will travel from Montreal to Toronto and then hold a 1 p.m ET media availability before heading to CBC for his interview with 5 undecided voters on CBC's Face to Face.


Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Victoria, B.C. for an 11:30 a.m. ET announcement regarding the party's policy for seniors. Ms. May will then participate in an informal all-candidates lunch in Sidney. Following the lunch, she will canvas in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands and end the day with a return to Sidney to participate in a special all-candidates debate on the environment beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in Kingsclear, N.B. for an announcement at 11:30 a.m. ET. He will then travel to Halifax to meet with the Conservative team at 4:30 p.m. ET to share how Canadians will get ahead.


Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's schedule has yet to be confirmed.

The Bluesky observers with their take on the TVA debate – who won and who lost?

From the desk of Tim Barber, Principal

The big winner in the TVA debate: Justin Trudeau.


From the opening bell, Prime Minister Trudeau showed that he was ready to debate. Feisty and in fighting form, Trudeau demonstrated that he, more than Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh, is the federal leader who has a coherent, national vision on a wide range of issues.


One of the highlights of the evening came in opening segment when Scheer was the target of the three other debaters on issues related to social policy - which Scheer continues to struggle with.


The audience for tonight's debate beyond Quebec, in the rest of Canada, will see Mr. Trudeau as the most competent national leader on the stage tonight.


From the desk of Neil Brodie, Vice-President

Gotcha.


In a mid-debate shocker it turns out Justin Trudeau has leased two planes for his campaign.

Despite marching in climate strikes, lecturing everybody else on lowering emissions, and imposing a carbon tax on hard-working Canadians, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are secretly using two aircraft to campaign in this election.


What other disappointing stories about Mr. Trudeau will arise before the end of the campaign?


From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant

Last nights TVA debate was a four-way battle between leaders with different goals and it was the first time we saw the leaders operating in French. While the debate had some memorable moments, those who were looking for a clear-cut winner came away disappointed. The only clear result from tonight was who came out the loser of this debate, and that was Conservative Andrew Scheer. He was evasive on direct questions that have been put to him during this entire campaign; looking uncomfortable and at times unsteady in his second language. It wasn't a good look and put him a step below the other performers.


Liberal Justin Trudeau, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh and Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet all had different goals coming into this debate and all can feel confident that they came away achieving what they needed to. Singh was particularly successful in this, with a stronger than expected French with a tone and manner that was relaxed and confident. He also hit on key issues for his campaign and the fact that he was drawing fire from Mr. Blanchet showed that he wasn't pushed to the margins. It's unlikely that this debate will move a lot of voters, except maybe from the two parties who weren't present to the other parties. That will leave two big debates next week and two more chances to break the log jam that this campaign has been.

Where the Bluesky team can been see and heard


Principal Susan Smith appeared on CPAC to discuss strategy for the TVA debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJQgdN_leiI


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