Quebec to hold English leaders' debate ahead of October election

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, shakes hand with Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault as Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, centre looks on, after they gave their season's greetings to Quebecers from the National Assembly, in Quebec City on Friday, December 9, 2016. The legislature takes a break for the holiday season and will resume on Feb. 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL - The leaders of Quebec's four main political parties will participate in an English-language debate ahead of the Oct. 1 provincial election.

The Sept. 17 event at the Radio-Canada studios in Montreal will be the province's first English-language TV debate.

A media consortium said Tuesday the 90-minute debate will be broadcast on several platforms, with details on the format and moderator to follow.

The debate will be carried live by CBC Quebec, CJAD 800, City, CTV News, Global News and the Montreal Gazette.

Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault and Quebec soldaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse had indicated a few weeks ago they were willing to hold a debate in English.

The only other English language debate in the province was held during the 1985 campaign and was broadcast on radio.

The English debate will be sandwiched between a pair of French-language debates that have already been scheduled for Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 at Radio-Canada and the TVA network respectively.

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