The Maclean’s Debate… Probably The First and the Last


Julian Wolfe
August 7th, 2015


In its length, in its cost and in its debate schedule, this election is unusual. The first and possibly only real debate of the campaign ended and here are the highlights of what happened.

Round 1: The Economy

The economic trackrecord of this government varies on who you ask but the interesting thing to note is the stark contrast between Harper’s narrative and the actual state of the economy.

The highlight that will be taken from it happens in these 30 seconds where Harper accidentally admits that Canada is in recession.

Round 2: Energy

Round 3: The Environment

Half way through

Half way through it was clear Trudeau stole the first round and Mulcair and May took the second. One thing that was noticeable, however, was Harper’s weakness.

Round 4: Accountability and Democratic Reform

It didn’t take long for the debate to go off the rails as the NDP’s Sherbrooke Declaration took the spotlight.

The debate then returned to topic where it turned on Harper’s Fair Elections Act.

And then… to Harper’s record in the senate…

Harper admitted to telling senators how to vote.

Round 5: Foreign Policy and National Security

The topic then turned to C51.

Round 6: Closing Remarks

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

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On Monday, the longest campaign in modern history will come to a close and if current polls are any indication, Canada may be seeing a change in government after 9 years of Conservative rule under the leadership of Stephen Harper. Accountability was his calling card in 2006 and today, accountability may very well be one of the defining reasons for his departure.

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In its length, in its cost and in its debate schedule, this election is unusual. The first and possibly only real debate of the campaign ended and here are the highlights of what happened.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper left Rideau Hall this morning with Governor General David Johnston’s approval to drop the writ and Canadians are now officially headed to the polls on October 19. For the first time since fixed election date legislation was brought in by the Conservative government, a fixed election date has been followed.

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