Trump could trump Trudeau & Co in big Canadian election show

Tue Aug 4, 2015 4:35pm EDT
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By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's political leaders do not just have to worry about holding their own in the opening election debate on Thursday. They will also be up against the enormous publicity-generating machine that is Donald Trump.

Halfway through the Canadian debate, Fox News is to start broadcasting the first debate among Republican contenders for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, starring Trump among others.

Arguably, it is more important for Canadian voters to watch their own leaders in the runup to the country's election on Oct. 19 rather than one tied to the November 2016 U.S. election. But for those people who are fascinated by U.S. politics, it may be a tricky decision.

As it is, it may be difficult enough to draw voters to a summer election debate.

"What cruel god decided this?" Justin Ling, a despairing Vice commentator, tweeted upon realizing the debates were on the same night.

For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, it will be their first chance to go head-to-head with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Green leader Elizabeth May will also take part in the debate, which is being hosted by Maclean's, a weekly news magazine.

"Donald Trump will always be amusing and he will never be president, whereas one of the four people on our stage will certainly be prime minister after Oct 19," debate moderator Paul Wells, a Maclean's political columnist, said on Tuesday.   Continued...

Businessman and Republican candidate for president Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Laconia, New Hampshire, July 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter