Debate tonight

2012 leaders debate
Canadian Press

The four leaders will gather tonight for their first debate, in what could become a turning point in the campaign.

Just about every leader will be on the ropes to prove themselves.

Philippe Couillard and Pauline Marois are in a bitterly battle for first place, while Francois Legault has nothing to lose. Tonight will also be one of Quebec Solidaire's Françoise David's rare chances to get major media attention.

Still campaigning

But, while most of them will devote the entire day to preparation, the only newbie, Philippe Couillard is still campaigning this morning. He will spend an hour shaking hands at Central Station before holding a photo-op at 10 am, and then setting down to work.

"I'm going to be ready. I'm going to be in a good mood," says Couillard. "I'm just relaxing. I'm in very good shape. I love doing the campaign. I love campaigning."

Growing hostility

The campaign has grown increasingly hostile as the Parti Quebecois has attacked Couillard for his past relationship with Arthur Porter, and the Liberal leader has said he has four or five questions stored up to use against Marois is she chooses to make the campaign personal.

A feud between Quebec Solidaire and the Parti Quebecois has also been building since the PQ announced Pierre Karl Peladeau as a candidate.

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  1. Mike posted on 03/20/2014 09:02 AM
    Who has time to debate when the Habs are playing!
  2. Meatplow posted on 03/20/2014 10:02 AM
    I can't believe some people base their votes on the debate outcome....all we're going to see tonight is Marois using an aggressive tone and cutting off Couillard as much as possible...she used the same tactics last time she debated....and that's why i'll be watching the habs game instead....
  3. sandy posted on 03/20/2014 10:45 AM
    I only have one question for Dr. Couillard. If you are elected, will the PQ secular charter be tossed? I hope his answer would be YES.
  4. Brad Norrad posted on 03/20/2014 11:01 AM
    Quebecer's need to be careful what they choose. If a Canadian referendum were held today they would find that the rest of Canada has had enough and would vote to have them leave. This decision would be replete with economic exclusion as well. Meaning that Quebec would owe Canada hundreds of billion of Canadian dollars, would have to print their own currency which would be immediately devalued because of the Quebec debt. They would lose their Canadian Passport and have to clear customs to leave Quebec going anywhere north, east, south or west. The rest of are fed up with the whining's of the PQ and ready to let the spoiled child go on it's own with no option to come back when it finds out how hard it becomes to fend for yourself.
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