English Quebec Leaders’ Debate to be held Sept. 17

A second English Quebec Leaders' Debate will be held more than three decades after the first one.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée, Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault and Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Massé will face off against one another at the Maison Radio-Canada on Monday, September 17.

The debate will be broadcast and live-streamed by the major English-language media, including CJAD 800, CTV News and The Montreal Gazette.

The last English language political debate in Quebec featured former Liberal Premier Robert Bourassa and PQ Leader Pierre-Marc Johnson on CJAD 800 in 1985.

"The fact that the Parti Quebecois has agreed to such a debate, for me, is very interesting" Philippe Fournier, founder of polling site QC125.com told CJAD 800. "It may be a trap for Francois Legault to concede, to make concessions to the Anglophone community."

The historic debate will fall between the two previously confirmed French-language debates, on September 13 and 20.

"That means the leaders won't have much time to prepare for it, so I think I like that even more," Fournier said.

This will also be the first time a Quebec provincial election debate will be broadcast in English on television, which Fournier added could be interesting for viewers in the rest of the country.

"This might be the first election where sovereignty is not an election issue in Quebec since, well, all of my life time" he said. "I think it will be thoroughly watched in English Canada."

CJAD 800 will broadcast the debate live from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with special coverage before beginning at 5:00 P.M. and post-debate coverage afterwards.

Full details of the format and moderation of the debate will be released at a later date.