Mark your calendars – the debates are here!

leaders-debateNow that October 19 is quickly approaching, it’s time to tune in to what the leaders have to say when they’re all put in a room together! This is your opportunity to witness party leaders talk about the issues that matter most to Canadians to help inform your vote.

An all Leaders’ debate is an essential event for voters in #elxn42. Why not gather your friends and colleagues to watch a debate together? You can scrutinize candidate responses over a few beverages, and make civic engagement a night to remember.

Upcoming Debate Schedule

Over the next month, the following English-language debates will be publicly televised and available for live stream.

  • September 17, 2015: An All Leaders’ Debate on the Economy in Calgary from the Globe & Mail. Topics covered include jobs, energy, the environment, infrastructure, housing and taxation. #GlobeDebate
  • September 28, 2015: An All Leaders’ Debate on Foreign Policy in Toronto. A part of the regularly scheduled Munk Debates by the Aurea Foundation.
  • October 8, 2015: An All Leaders’ Debate (to be confirmed)organized by the consortium of broadcasters.

The Canadian Arts Coalition is planning a Debate-Watch Party on October 8 at a location in Toronto. Stay tuned to our social media channels and our newsletter for immediate updates when they are available.

In addition there will be several all-candidates meetings focussed on arts and culture :

If you’d like to host your own all-candidates meeting, you can find tips in Arts Link NB’s Candidates Forum How To or in the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres’  Federal Election Action Toolkit.

Here’s a few ways you can spice up a debate-watching party

We may have had a little but too much fun in compiling this list of #elxn42 themed ideas:

  • Text or email your friends a cute electoral emoji in anticipation of the debate.
  • Make sure there is plenty of comfortable seating and that everyone has a good view of the TV or screen. Turn up the volume and put captioning on. Things could get loud, and dedicated debate watchers won’t want to miss a word.
  • Create a patriotic atmosphere: extra points if you decorate in full Canadiana complete with Maple-Leaf drinking straws.
  • Make sure you have WiFi so that debate watchers can also join in on the conversation online. Follow #ArtsVote, #cdnpoli and #elxn42
  • For a bit of fun, before the debate gets going, make a few predictions.

During the debate, make note of any references to Arts & Culture. While we would love for an arts issue to surface in the debate, it is unlikely that this will happen. However, we ask you to consider how the issues in the debate affect artists and arts organizations. Share this with candidates in your riding.

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