The stakes could not be higher in the third and final official debate of the 2021 federal election. Tonight’s event — hosted by the CBC — is in English and follows two French debates.
During Wednesday night’s French debate, Justin Trudeau’s opponents targeted his prime ministerial record and worked to expose what they argued were Liberal failings in areas like climate, Indigenous reconciliation and the rising cost of living.
Trudeau’s main opponents are Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul.
Trudeau, entering his third election as leader, has been in power since November 2015 and he would essentially lock in another four years if his Liberals can secure a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. A majority win in the Sept. 20 vote would allow him to stay office for about a decade in total — and make him one of Canada’s longest-serving prime ministers.
But to get there, opinion polls suggest the Liberal leader needs to generate a lot of momentum. That’s what he’ll be looking to do tonight.
POLITICO reporters will be live-chatting the debate with all of the context, history and fact-checking you need to follow along.