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The election is on. A debate looms. Where’s the PM?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech before the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations in Montreal on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

In today’s Big Story podcast, today, Canada’s 43rd general election officially begins! And tomorrow, you get to hear from the people who want to be your Prime Minister. Well, not all of them, actually. When the first leaders debate of the campaign begins tomorrow night, Justin Trudeau will not be on the stage.

Why isn’t he there? Depends on who you ask. But it’s not the only debate the Prime Minister will miss. And that’s certainly a change from the last election. What’s different? Well, there’s a debate commission now, and there are “official” and “unofficial” debates. And Liberal strategies have changed, too. Winning will do that for you. But Trudeau’s absence aside, what will this debate tell us about Oct. 21? Plenty…

GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill reporter

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

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