Second debate for April 7 election

A second debate between the leaders of Quebec's four main political parties has been announced.

Pauline Marois of the Parti Quebecois, the Liberals' Philippe Couillard, the Coalition for Quebec's Future's Francois Legault and Francoise David of Quebec solidaire will square off on the TVA network for two hours on March 27.

It will also be broadcast on the French-language network's all-news LCN channel, financial channel Argent and on

Marois had originally said she would only participate in one debate. TVA is owned by Quebecor, whose majority shareholder is Pierre Karl Peladeau, who resigned as CEO to become a star PQ candidate.

The TVA debate will focus on four themes: public finances, identity, social policy, and governance.

The other debate will be broadcast on Radio-Canada and Tele-Quebec on March 20.

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  1. Jim posted on 03/12/2014 09:44 PM
    Some stats on what the federal government pays to the provinces

    Equalization payments help pay for healthcare, education
    Welfare, etc. Will a sovereign Quebec still receive
    These equalization payments?????????

    Quebec will receive the most from equalization payments in the 2013-2014 year.[4]
    However, per capita, PEI benefits the most. In the 2013-2014 year, the following provinces will receive equalization payments:[4]

    Quebec ($7.833 billion)
    Ontario ($3.169 billion)
    Manitoba ($1.792 billion)
    New Brunswick ($1.513 billion)
    Nova Scotia ($1.458 billion)
    Prince Edward Island ($340 million)
    The following provinces will not qualify for equalization payments in 2013-2014:[4]

    Newfoundland and Labrador
    British Columbia
  2. ric posted on 03/12/2014 09:47 PM
    What about a third debate in ENGLISH? marois doesn't have to be there.
  3. maria posted on 03/12/2014 10:34 PM
    how is this even being allowed - how could the other party leaders allow this and even agree to this - 2 french debates and on top of it , it is being held on tva pkp 's company -
    How is this democracy - this is beyond the ridiculous - They are being allowed to get away with anything and everything!!! There should be a stop to this immediately - This is way to bias this is a huge huge conflict of interest - Elections Quebec should not allow this - !!!
    WOW - I can not believe this -
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