First debate en français

The first French-language leaders’ debate on Canadian television was on July 24, 1984. John Turner, Brian Mulroney and Ed Broadbent go at each other in the language of Laurier. No fireworks, lots of “ahhh…” and prepared one-liners. Still, the fact that all three major leaders managed to make it through the debate confirmed that national political leaders must speak both official languages to succeed (as Belinda Stronach found out). The French boot camp is now a mandatory step toward political leadership.


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