Conservative leadership hopefuls to hold official language debates in mid-June, Canadians asked to submit questions

Video-recorded questions can be submitted online

Those vying for the federal Conservative Party leadership will go toe-to-toe in a pair of debates later this month.

The party has announced it will hold a French-language debate for leadership candidates on June 17, with an English debate to follow on the 18. Both will be live-streamed from Toronto at starting at 7 p.m.

Canadians will have the chance to submit questions in advance and are asked to provide their video-recorded questions to the Conservative Leadership website by June 10. The debates will feature a head-to-head portion where candidates will debate each other one-on-one.

“Last leadership, tens of thousands of Canadians took in our debates, and gave our candidates an important platform to differentiate their visions for the party, and for the country,” said Dan Nowlan, Leadership Election Organizing Committee co-chair. “The debates are designed to provide ample opportunity for our four candidates to present their ideas, and answer questions directly from members and Canadians.”

Due to COVID-19 health guidelines and government orders, the debates will take place without an in-person audience.