Quebec campaign shifts into high gear with first leadership debate
Published Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:37AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 19, 2012 6:40PM EDT
MONTREAL--Quebec's provincial election campaign enters a new phase today with the first in a string of televised leadership debates.
Tonight is the first of four debates in four consecutive nights, giving voters a chance to better weigh their options in the Sept. 4 election.
A successful showing in the four-person debate by Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois could help solidify her lead over the competition.
Opinion polls have her party solidly ahead of the Charest Liberals and the new Coalition for Quebec's Future.
But a strong showing by Premier Jean Charest or Coalition head Francois Legault could have a major impact on the final results.
Francoise David, co-spokesperson for the social-democratic Quebec solidaire, will also take part.
Three one-on-one debates are scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, featuring face-offs between Charest, Legault, and Marois.
Tonight's debate starts at 8:00 p.m. on Radio-Canada. No English debates are planned.