federal leaders debate 2021

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole talk following the federal leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Sept. 9, 2021 (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Who won the leaders debate? Everyone, and no one: Poll

A new poll shows that all of the leaders succeeded in rallying their bases (Trudeau appealed especially to Quebecers), but it also finds voters increasingly tuning out

Paul speaks to the media following the federal election English-language leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Sept. 9, 2021 (Fred Chartrand/CP)

Annamie Paul was the unexpected hero of the leaders’ debate

Fatima Syed: For those looking for a different kind of politics to emerge from these tough pandemic times, Paul was the unexpected hero we didn’t know we had

Annamie Paul, left and Justin Trudeau takes part in the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Justin Trudeau still can’t answer why he called this election. A depleted nation despairs.

Shannon Proudfoot: ‘It seems certain that at least some of the Liberal slide has been the direct result of an electorate surly about being pressed into service when the pandemic has not remotely moved into the rearview mirror.’

Trudeau, Paul, Blanchet and Singh during the federal election French-language leaders debate, on Sept. 8, 2021 in Gatineau, Que. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Between the leaders debates

Paul Wells: Trudeau has been trying to sharpen distinctions between the major parties. O’Toole is trying to blur them. And the consortium debates aren’t helping anyone.