French debate

O'Toole and his wife Rebecca arrive for the TVA French language debate in Montreal on Sept. 2, 2021 (Frank Gunn/CP)

Meanwhile, in Quebec, a parallel election

Justin Ling: In the first French-language leaders debate, Trudeau and O’Toole bent over backwards to pitch themselves as the PM who’d spend the most and do the least

Le French debate: saving the best for last

Paul Wells: The leaders not only kept it civil, they aired some real differences on key topics, from China and the economy to SNC-Lavalin and Bill 21

The first French-language debate: advantage Bloc

Paul Wells: Scheer had the hardest night, Singh was a revelation, and Trudeau was let off easy. But none of them could match the eloquent Blanchet, who will bear watching.