No Liberal, Green leaders in TV debate
A televised leaders debate that has been set for Oct. 25 will include only Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall and New Democratic Party Leader Dwain Lingenfelter.
Unlike the previous TV debate in the 2007 campaign, the Liberal leader will not be a participant.
That's the decision of the consortium of television broadcasters — CBC, CTV and Global — that is hosting the event.
The format has also been decided. The leaders will debate video questions posed by Saskatchewan people and a panel of journalists. Listeners and viewers will also have the opportunity to pose questions live via Twitter and e-mail.
The debate will be moderated by Sheila Coles, host of CBC Radio One’s The Morning Edition.
In 2007, there was a three-way debate that also included the leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
In that election, the Liberals failed to elect candidates in any of the 58 constituencies and finished with about 9.5 per cent of the popular vote.
The Green Party did not elect any MLAs either, and finished with about 2 per cent of the popular vote.
The election will be held Nov. 7. Current Liberal Leader Ryan Bater says the party plans to field candidates in about 12 constituencies.