The main party leaders Canada clashed over the election environment in the first major debate in the country.

Events in Quebec is the first time the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party, Conservative Andrew Scheer, NDP, and Bloc Québécois Jagmeet Singh ‘Yves-François Blanchet had faced off.

Appearing in front of two debates on national television next week.

Canada went to the polls on October 21.

Liberals and Conservatives remain neck-and-neck in what so far has been a two-way race for first place.

What happens in the debate?

French-speaking Wednesday debate – broadcast live only in Quebec – see Mr. Trudeau was forced to defend his government’s environmental record.

In a heated exchange, Mr. Scheer has accused the Liberal leader to be a “false environment”.

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“There is only one leader on stage that has two campaign plane – one for him and the media and one for costume and canoeing her,” he said, taking a swipe at Mr. Trudeau to have two planes official campaign and to arrive at a recent event campaign in a canoe.

Mr. Trudeau has also come under pressure to take the rare step bought crude oil pipeline for C $ 4.5bn ($ 3.4bn; £ 2.6 billion) last year to help ensure the controversial project tripled its capacity to move forward.

 

Quebecers are some of the most environmentally conscious voters in Canada, and there is fierce opposition in the province for each major project of a new oil pipeline.

Mr. Trudeau defended what he called “a difficult decision,” adding that the economic transition from oil will not happen overnight.

While Mr. Scheer was also forced on the defensive over his plans to “energy corridor” nationwide to bring energy resources to Canada from coast to coast.

Mr. Singh accused him want to “force” on the pipeline project, Quebecers do not want.

“Conservatives think the market and the intervention of the Holy Spirit will solve climate change,” quipped Mr. Blanchet.

Green Leader Elizabeth May is not the be invited to the debate as his party has no seats in Quebec.

Is the Bloc Quebecois back from the brink?

Yves-François Blanchet took the helm of the Bloc Québécois – which only runs candidates in Quebec – in January after eight years of decline elections and internal disputes.

The party – which supports an independent Quebec – is in second place in the province ahead of the Conservatives, some surveys show.

It is running a campaign with the theme of a strong nationalist and vowed to vigorously support the provincial interest in the capital Ottawa, including on issues related to immigration, the environment, and state secularism.

Sparks often flew between Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Blanchet, the Liberal leader accused his opponent tried to make a “quarrel between Ottawa and Quebec” for his own political gain.

What did they say about the religious symbols law?

Bill 21 is a religious symbol of secularism controversial bill was passed by the provincial legislature of Quebec in June.

It bars civil servants considered to be in a position of authority wear religious symbols at work.

Supporters have praised the law as a reasonable step towards enshrining the separation of church and state in Quebec.

Critics say it is discriminatory, it would make it more difficult for religious minorities to integrate into Quebec society and unfairly target Muslim women.

To varying degrees, all party leaders have spoken out against the legislation except for the Bloc Québécois, which backs the bill.

Mr. Trudeau said he would defend the rights of minorities but reiterated he will let a court challenge against the bill run their course before deciding whether to intervene.

But he added: “The real threat I see related to state secularism is the right group that encourages anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-LGBT [agenda].”

Mr. Blanchet snapped back: “Are you saying that 70% of Quebecers who support the bill have some sympathy for the right group?”

Mr. Trudeau said the question will be asked of a “free society that allows for discrimination against someone because of their religion”.

What about abortion rights?
At the beginning of the debate, Mr. Scheer put on the defensive on social issues such as abortion rights.

Since the beginning of the campaign, the Conservatives have to face the question of whether they would reopen the abortion debate if elected.

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The Conservative leader said his party will not be filed or support legislation that would regulate abortion.

Mr. Trudeau said the three leaders on the debate stage “in tune with the values ​​of Quebecers” and one that does not – a reference to Mr. Scheer.

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