The stakes were high in the English-language debate between the four main party leaders contesting the May 2 federal election. The Globe and Mail covered all angles in the liveblog below.
Here are some highlights from Friday's debate coverage:
Jane Taber: Ignatieff - you can't lead if you don't allow other voices to flourish, he tells Harper
Jane Taber: Harper won't look at Ignatieff when he addresses him
Patrick Brethour: Jack Layton puzzled:
Patrick Brethour: "What happened to Canada?"
And later in the debate:
Campbell Clark: Mr. Harper. "If you don't get the most seats, you don't get to form the government." Actually, that's not the rule, and Liberal PM Mackenzie King did form a government with fewer seats -- although not for long. The Constitutional rule, actually, is that the incumbent PM gets the first crack to form a government in a minority Parliament. But the Governor-general can turn to another MP who can hold the confidence of the House of Commons.
Patrick Brethour: Campbell: You're exactly right on the rules. But the seat count is going to matter -- if the Liberals lose ground, it's going to be very difficult to sell the idea of a runner-up government.
Jane Taber: Layton accuses Ignatieff of having the worst attendance record- you missed 70 per cent of the votes
Campbell Clark: Jack Layton asks why Michael Ignatieff has the worst attendance record in the House of Commons. That, if you are wondering, is true: He missed the most votes.
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