Fragile French and finger pointing dominated the first face-to-face in the race to take over as head of the Conservative Party, Wednesday evening, four leadership hopefuls took to the French-language debate the scene-in spite of the absence of a candidate to be fully bilingual. A little less than 40 minutes after the scheduled start time, Peter MacKay, Erin O’toole, Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan was on the physical is far debate stage, even if some were more linguistically present than others.
MacKay and O’toole have been handy enough that their French allowed for what was, at the time, a lively debate. Sloan mastery of the language lagged behind the two, with a quasi-constant glances at his notes. During this time, Lewis read every word that she said in the prepared notes, at the time of the reading of an answer that does not correspond to the question.
However, the barbs exchanged between O’toole and MacKay dominated the debate, that the two did not mince their words, and the two went for the jugular as they fired their shots.
O’toole repeatedly accused MacKay of the attack on its platform of Quebec, while MacKay delivered what many see as a poison in Conservative circles — accusing O’toole of supporting a carbon tax.
“This is unacceptable…to divide our members, not to unite our members. I hope that we will not have a leader that will support the carbon tax, like Mr. O’toole, ” MacKay said.
O’toole fiercely rejected the allegation, accusing MacKay several times to lie. “Another lie, Mr. MacKay,” said O’toole.
The rivalry between the two degenerated to the point that the moderator was forced to interrupt, to ask the two to allow Sloan and Lewis to participate. After a brief pause to listen to a question from Sloan about the economy, MacKay, and O’toole has taken up the arguments, the fights, the most who has attacked the other more.
At one point during the debate, in a dig at O’toole’s environmental policies, He even went as far as to call O’toole ” Erin Trudeau. ”
Another flash point issue was the unity of the party and social conservatism.
Sloan came right to the door to talk about his opposition to abortion, focusing on the issue in his opening speech. However, the main debate on the right of the woman to choose landed between O’toole and MacKay. MacKay had stated several times that O’toole’s position on the issue remains difficult, in spite of O’toole in stating its support a woman’s right to choose in its response to the first question of the debate.
Speaking during a scrum after the debate, O’toole further stated that he is pro-choice.
O’toole in turn, slammed MacKay for his months of comment about the outgoing Leader of the Conservative party Andrew Scheer of social conservatism clinging to his neck like a stinking albatross, claiming that MacKay was the division of the party.
“You’re crazy, Mister O’toole. Why are you so angry? “MacKay has said, in response, indicating that O’toole is” not the best person to unify our party. ”
During this time, Lewis argued that the culture of the tent of the Conservative Party is one of its main strengths. In his closing remarks, she said that she is the only candidate that will bring real change. ”
“I’m the only candidate who can bring new voters in large cities, women and young people,” she said.
All in all, the candidates have been closely aligned in their support of the increase of the capacity of the pipeline and the energy, investment in the sector, and any mention of Huawei in Canada’s participation in the 5G network has been met with a stern ” no “.
The candidates also positioned several times to the support of Quebec, with O’toole frequently pointing to the Quebec-specific plan in his platform, and speaks in favor of linguistic rights when the question is asked. Sloan is specifically stated in its concluding observations that her French has improved greatly since the beginning of the leadership race-noting that it is a testimony of its commitment to lead the nation.
MacKay has also spoken several times on the Quebec politicians who are rooting for his campaign.
The French language, the debate would have probably garnered more viewers in Quebec than in the rest of Canada, and the province is proving to be a key battleground in the Conservative leadership race, as the contenders vie for the hearts and minds of the 78 electoral districts, held in the beautiful province.
In the direction of the Conservative party, of race, of each electoral district is equal to 100 points. This means that the Quebec gate 7 800 points out of a possible 33,800 — make the province of the density of the concentration of the voice of a highly coveted commodity among the leaders of hopes.
Despite the rocky performances and French-language stumbles, the candidates will have the opportunity to take a crack at to win over English-speaking Canada, on Thursday, when the second debate was held at 7 p.m. AND.