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English leaders’ debate: ‘You’ve shown Canadians you’ve got no interest in something you promised’

Read the Post’s coverage of Thursday’s English federal leaders debate

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The debate will be moderated by Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute. Journalists Rosemary Barton (CBC News), Melissa Ridgen (APTN News), Evan Solomon (CTV News) and Mercedes Stephenson (Global News) will also take part.

This is the third time the federal leaders are participating in a debate, but the first time in English. Wednesday night’s French-language debate, which was hosted by the same independent commission and followed the same format, was largely flat, with participants mostly serving viewers pre-packaged lines on hot-button issues such as the deficits, the environment, healthcare and Indigenous policy.

One of the few lively clashes occurred between Trudeau and Blanchet, not on a substantive policy issue, but rather on if Trudeau was Quebecer or not.

“You do not have a monopoly over Quebec,” Trudeau said to Blanchet, nearly yelling. “You don’t get to accuse me of not being Quebecer enough.”

Just like during the first debate last week, Trudeau was repeatedly grilled by opposition leaders about his decision to call a “selfish” election, a question that already seemed to annoy him just minutes into the debate.

National Post, with files from Christopher Nardi

Follow our live coverage of the debate, below, starting at 9 p.m. ET. Can’t see our liveblog? View it on nationalpost.com.

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