Manitoba leaders to square off in televised election debate Thursday

The leaders of Manitoba’s three largest political parties will meet Thursday night for a televised debate ahead of the Oct. 3 provincial election.

Progressive Conservative Leader Heather Stefanson, NDP Leader Wab Kinew, and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont will debate the issues at 6 p.m., live on Global in Winnipeg. Audio from the debate will also be broadcast on 680 CJOB, and the video will be streamed on this page.

The leaders, who met for a live radio debate on 680 CJOB Monday morning and an in-person event at the Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday, are coming into the home stretch of the election campaign, with just over a week to get their message across to voters.

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According to recent polling, the campaign is looking like an uphill battle for incumbent Stefanson and her PC party, with the latest survey from the non-partisan Angus Reid Institute showing the NDP with a six-point advantage over the PCs among decided and leaning voters provincewide. The NDP’s lead widens in the city of Winnipeg, which contains the majority of the province’s electoral districts.

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Lamont and the Liberals remain in third place, with Manitoba’s Green Party and others picking up small amounts of support in the low single-digits.

Following Thursday’s hour-long debate, the leaders meet in Brandon next week for another face-off.

Advance polls for the Manitoba election open Saturday and the election is Oct. 3.

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