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Globe's new style of debate turns heads, some channels

The Globe and Mail leader's debate had a slow start and a new approach to moderation, and the internet wasn't having any of it.

A slow start and seering moderator David Walmsley draws Twitter criticism

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper walk on stage before the Globe and Mail debate in Calgary. (Mike Sturk/Reuters)

The leaders of the three main federal parties met Thursday for a heated discussion about the economy during the Globe and Mail's leadership debate, and online, some serious shade was thrown. 

The debate's slow start sparked some early social media snark.

Eager to watch the political showdown, at the top of the hour (8 p.m. ET) Canadians tuned in — or clicked in — to find, not the familiar faces of their leaders, but a panel of Globe journalists giving some extended pre-game commentary. 

The internet wasn't happy with the delay. 

Soon people were threatening to change the channel to the Blue Jays game. They were playing the Atlanta Braves tonight. 

Of course, it wasn't long before the GIFs started popping up as well. 

For a minute there, it felt like the pre-game show could go on forever ... 

And that's when things finally got going ...

That is, right after a short video montage.

The debate was moderated by Globe and Mail editor in chief David Walmsley, who stirred up some controversy of his own. 

Walmsley took a different approach to moderating than Canadians are used to and some didn't appreciate it.

But no matter how you felt about the debate, there was one thing on TV tonight that did seem to unite Canadians... 

5-0, baby.

Maybe it was worth changing the channel after all?

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