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Conservative Party announces final debate format and moderator

Conservative Party of Canada | April 12, 2017

The Conservative Party announced Susan McArthur will be the moderator for the final official Party leadership debate scheduled on April 26th in Toronto, Ontario. Also announced was a modification to the debate format.

McArthur is a long-time Conservative and served on the party’s founding National Council. She has appeared on the Business News Network and currently serves as Managing Partner at GreenSoil Investments, a growth equity firm focused on investing in Agro Food Technology and Real Estate Technology.

“I’m excited to be moderating the final official debate of our leadership race." McArthur said. “This is one of the last times the 14 candidates will be on stage together, and like all members, I look forward to hearing their final pitch to Conservatives.”

Daniel Nowlan, Chair of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee added, “with ballots scheduled to start arriving in mailboxes the week following this debate, this is an important event for not just the candidates, but especially our members, and we’re fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Susan moderating this for us.”

The Toronto debate will also feature a change to the formats of the previous official debates. This debate will be divided into two sections. The first section will feature the candidates being randomly placed into three groups (two groups of five, one group of four), to be drawn live at the debate. They’ll each be given up to one minute to respond to a question and two rebuttals at 30-seconds each.

The second section of the debate will feature all candidates taking the stage, each given up to a minute and a half to present their final pitch to members, and each receiving up to four 30-second rebuttals that may be used at their choosing.

This debate will be streamed live online for Conservative members and all Canadians to see, and is the fifth and final party sanctioned debate.

The Conservative Party Leadership election will be on May 27th, 2017, and only members of the Conservative Party of Canada as of March 28th, 2017 will be eligible to vote.

The rules for the Conservative Party's leadership election can be found online, here.