Maclean’s National Leaders Debate: One (and only?)

Rahman Mohamed

With 4 party leaders, Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Prime Mnister Stephen Harper, squared off on August 6, the first debate since the start of the election, there was never a moment of bore.

Despite being the first issue brought to the table, the economy was brought to the stage and battled throughout the night.  Attacks against Harper’s record and revelations of their own plans took the stand.  Throughout the debate, including the first stance on the economy Prime Minister Harper continuously used his record as PM of Canada, stating that it was “a plan that is working”, together with comparison and membership to G7 and NATO to defend himself to Canadians.

Similarly Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair continuously used Stephen Harper’s record to promote his own campaign.  Using the actions of Stephen Harper as a reference, Mulcair promoted the NDP stance as an opposite of the Conservative government and a benefit to Canadians, concentrating on raising taxes for large corporations and decreasing taxes for small and medium businesses and introducing national childcare.

On the other hand Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spoke to outline his future plan as clearly as possible.  Speaking about the middle-class as the centre stage, improvement and growth.  His method: raise taxes for the rich to provide more money and opportunities to the middle-class.

Respecting Trudeau, Elizabeth May said the economic situation was more than a middle-class issue.  She said the Green party would invest in Canada, such as infrastructure to create jobs.

Trudeau also attacked Mulcair’s plan to raise federal minimum wage to $15/hour, saying it would only benefit the minimum.