Sunday 29 September 2013

Three main contenders to take part in CTV's Montreal mayoral TV debate

Montrealers will have their best chance yet to size up the three main candidates for mayor on Sunday evening, October 6 at 6 p.m. when candidates Richard Bergeron, Denis Coderre and Marcel Côté participate in the first English-language debate of the campaign.  
Richard Bergeron
Marcel Côte

The one-hour live broadcast, DEBATE 2013, will be moderated by CTV Montreal chief anchor Mutsumi Takahashi and will cover all of the important topics affecting the city leading up to the November 3 vote.  

DEBATE 2013 will be simulcast on NewsTalk Radio CJAD 800 and a live stream will be available on the CTV News Montréal website. To accommodate the live broadcast of the debate, CTV NEWS AT SIX will air one hour earlier, starting at 5 p.m. ET.

Immediately following DEBATE 2013, there will be a photo opportunity with the candidates in studio that will be followed by media scrums.

Right now the race is too close to call and it will be interesting to see the first polls come out. Debates certainly do influence voyer. Bergeron is certainly ahead in the poster race, with great visibility. Côte's individual posters, of which there are few, are good. However, the ones which show him with members of his team are difficult to see clearly. Coderre's team has decided not to have any posters at this time, clearly relying on his name recognition and an expected media advertisement campaign.

Montreal's other two mayoral candidates, Melanie Joly and Michel  Brule, are not included in this debate. Given their low number of candidates, this will likely be a common theme for them during the campaign. Joly does, though, clearly have the best posters of any candidate.

Denis Coderre

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