Saskatoon

Familiar face to moderate Saskatchewan leaders' debate

The always well-groomed Costa Maragos, former news anchor for CBC, dusted off the old TV make-up, and paid special attention to the way he pressed his shirt this morning.

Former CBC TV anchor promises to "politely yet firmly interrupt"

Costa Maragos is a familiar face to TV viewers in Saskatchewan.

The always well-groomed Costa Maragos, former news anchor for CBC, dusted off the old TV make-up, and paid special attention to the way he pressed his shirt this morning.

Maragos will moderate tonight's election debate.   

"I have to admit it is exciting to be in front of the camera again."

You can follow the debate on television, radio or online from 6:05 to 7 p.m. CST. 

  • Live on CBC Television (check your TV service provider for channel).
  • Live on CBC Radio One (540 AM; 102.5 FM-Regina; 94.1 FM-Saskatoon)
  • Watch it live online 

The debate, organized by a media consortium which includes CTV and Global will be available to everyone on CBC Radio, TV and online.

"I'm trying to think of ways to politely yet firmly interrupt these candidates," Maragos told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

"For each topic there is an open debate question that runs about two minutes and that's where things may get presumably really, really interesting and possibly even off-script."

Let's face it there are very few  gotcha  moments in debate history.- Costa Maragos

Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall and Saskatchewan NDP Leader Cam Broten will meet in a face-to-face debate that is sure to touch on issues like health care, and education.

No other parties will be included.

Maragos said he was not privy to the pre-debate talk that led to the decision to limit participation to just the two main parties. As a long-time journalist, he said he always prefers to hear more voices in a debate, but can understand the reasoning behind including only the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP.

Will the debate get heated?

Maragos said it's impossible to guess how the back-and-forth will go tonight. He said that Brad Wall's style is fairly well-known, but this is a first chance for voters to see Broten perform in such an event.

"Let's face it there are very few gotcha moments in debate history, particularly in Saskatchewan, but when they do happen it does make a big impact."

with files from Saskatoon Morning

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