Analysts expect the candidates in the English debate to paint the election as a referendum Trudeau.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the fate of the new election cured after pictures emerged from him in blackface, will take part in a key debate on Monday that could help him retain power in October 21 voices.
Trudeau Liberal leader, who has apologized repeatedly for the photos, will appear in a live two-hour key debate in English with five heads of other parties, especially from the opposition Conservative Andrew Scheer official.
English is spoken by two-thirds of the 38 million Canadians and sessions have traditionally been regarded as important. The leaders will also face off in French, the other official language of Canada, on Thursday.
“The debate will officially become the big enchilada, perhaps more so than for a national key debate in our history,” said Frank Graves, president of the polling firm Ekos. The debate begins at 07:00 Eastern Time (23:00 GMT).
A poll Nano Research CTV and the Globe and Mail on Monday put the Liberals at 34.3 percent and the Conservatives at 33.4 percent, in contrast to surveys showing Trudeau fell behind after the blackface scandal broke in September 18.
Trudeau has been gaining momentum since Scheer stumble through debates on the TVA French-language private channel on Wednesday. French is the main language in the most populous province of Quebec, which accounted for 78 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons.
Scheer also faced questions about why he did not reveal he had dual US citizenship.
An official said the Trudeau Liberals are expected to be the main target during the key debate.
“We are 100 percent focused on Trudeau,” said Conservative strategist Reuters News Agency.
Scheer said on Monday that he will focus on the presentation to the Canadian “positive plan for how they will go forward under the Conservative government and holds the record for Justin Trudeau’s failure”.
Scheer, however, may have the challenge to land a serious blow, since there will be six leaders on the stage – the most in the history of Canadian politics.
Also on stage will be Jagmeet Singh New Democratic Party, People’s Party of Canada Maxime Bernier, Bloc Quebecois Yves-François Blanchet and the Green Party Elizabeth May.
Ellie Alboim, who helped prepare the debate, four Liberal leaders, said this event will be a referendum Trudeau.
“If the incident blackface indeed turned this into the election of the characters, who are still hesitant voters will want to see how it fares prime minister,” said Alboim, who works for a government relations firm Earnscliffe.
On Monday, rival aiming Trudeau, a sign of what may become a theme in the debate, said the Conservative government “always cutting services, look for savings, and give tax breaks to the richest is not for everyone.”
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