In yesterday’s first french debate, every opposition leader agreed on at least one thing: the timing of the election was poorly chosen.
Justin Trudeau came under fire from the Conservatives, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois for triggering an election while the parliament was functioning well.
Trudeau also took criticism for asking Canadians to go to the polls during a new surge of COVID cases.
Even the debate’s moderator, Pierre Bruneau, hinted that the election was unnecessary.
During the debate, Justin Trudeau hinted at the fact that another election could be triggered in 18 months if the liberals did not win a majority of seats.
The current election, deemed by many as unnecessary, will still cost Canadians over $600 million.
French media generally agreed that there was no clear winner in the debate, but that Justin Trudeau appeared rattled and aggressive.
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole were rated as the top performers of last night.
Jagmeet Singh also exceeded expectations, but analysts say his performance in Quebec will not change substantially.