Upcoming English leaders' debate to feature questions from the public

Quebec Debate 2018 airs Sept. 17 and will be moderated by CBC's Debra Arbec and CTV's Mutsumi Takahashi, and hosted by Global's Jamie Orchard.

Quebec Debate 2018 airs Sept. 17 and will be live streamed on CBC Montreal website

The debate will be moderated by CBC's Debra Arbec and CTV's Mutsumi Takahashi, and hosted by Global's Jamie Orchard.

UPDATE: Thank you for your questions! We have what we need for the leaders for the debate. However, if you have questions about the election send them our way to ballotbrief@cbc.ca.


Quebec's first-ever televised provincial leaders' debate in English is just under a month away, and will feature questions from the public.

Those who want to ask a question of the four party leaders can send them to debate2018@cbc.ca.

Quebec Debate 2018 airs Sept. 17 and will be moderated by CBC's Debra Arbec and CTV's Mutsumi Takahashi, and hosted by Global's Jamie Orchard.

The debate begins at 5:30 p.m. on CBC Television's main network and CBC Radio One in Quebec.

You can also stream the debate live on the CBC Montreal website as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Journalists from major English-language media outlets will fact-check the leaders' statements in real time during the event.

The leaders of all four parties with seats in the National Assembly will take part in the 90-minute debate.

They are: 

  • Liberal Party Leader Philippe Couillard.
  • Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault.
  • Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée.
  • Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Massé.

A consortium of English-language media in Quebec — including CBC, CTV, Global, CJAD and the Montreal Gazette — made a formal request in April to the four parties with MNAs currently sitting in the National Assembly to hold the debate.

This will be the second English-language leaders' debate in Quebec history. The first was a radio-only matchup in 1985 between Liberal leader Robert Bourassa and PQ leader Pierre-Marc Johnson.

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