The debate between the leaders of the four parties that hold seats in the National Assembly will take place Thursday, March 20th at 8 pm.
Radio-Canada and the publicly funded Télé-Quebec will form the consortium behind the French-language debate, the only leaders debate that will take place this campaign.
"The formula will be the same as for the 2012 leaders debate," the consortium said in a press release. The leaders will take turns holding one-on-one exchanges on different themes, as well as taking part in a segment where each participant can debate freely following a question.
The private Quebecor station TVA had been pushing for a series of its own one-on-one debates, which the premier turned down.
Five English media companies, including CJAD, also tried to co-ordinate an English-language debate, offering simultaneous translation to Pauline Marois, but the PQ leader also rejected the proposal.