One election debate is enough, PQ says

From left: François Legault, Jean Charest, Pauline Marois, Françoise David and host Anne-Marie Dussault before the 2012 debate.
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Another sign that Quebecers are about to go to the polls sooner rather than later: The Parti Québécois have issued a statement saying in the event of a "possible" election campaign, they would only want one televised debate, instead of the multiple debates of the 2012 campaign.

The statement says the party hopes to take part in one "grand national debate" to be moderated by the Quebec Press Council, and hoped that all four parties now represented in the National Assembly would take part.

"We hope that all the major networks get together to seriously consider this suggestion," the statement reads, alluding to the consortium of broadcasters that typically set down the rules for TV debates. "This formula is the one that has the largest reach and would allow all Quebecers from all regions to have the best portrait of the party leaders, and the campaign."

During the 2012 campaign, there was one traditional all-party leaders debate featuring the leaders of the four main parties, followed by three nights of one-on-one debates between the leaders of the Liberals, PQ and CAQ.

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  1. maria posted on 02/28/2014 04:52 PM
    I find it very strange when you go to the website of Quebec press council - the following are in french only:
    In Depth (section)
    News letter
    Adjudications

    What does this show us - something doesn't smell right -

    someone please comment!!!
  2. g holdaway posted on 02/28/2014 06:50 PM
    I'm not surprised that Mme. Marois would like to have only one debate, this way she can avoid having to discuss the Quebec economy or lack of it, more than once. The last thing she wants is to have it repeated in the ears of the voters their lack of any type of achievable plan to balance an almost 2 Billion dollar deficit and at the same time improve the lives of Quebecers with no cost to them. They have managed to distract the public from this serious situation by given us all something else to focus on and debate. If we thought this Province was in trouble before, hold on because if the PQ get a majority in the next election we are in for some rough times ahead.
  3. Daemoncan posted on 02/28/2014 07:01 PM
    Only one debate, in French of course (Despite Pauline's "respect" for anglophones).

    Only one debate, because the PQ's platform & record cannot bear great scrutiny or discussion.

    Only one debate, otherwise someone might slip up & break the spell witch (sic) Pauline has cast upon the feeble-minded.
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