Conservative leadership debate to take place on Montreal’s West Island

Conservative Party leadership hopefuls will have another chance to showcase their bilingualism after a rocky French-language debate in January — and this time, Kevin O’Leary will be there with them.

Eleven of the 14 candidates vying for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party will be debating in the Montreal-area municipality of Pointe-Claire, Que., on Tuesday night.

High-profile candidates Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary have confirmed their participation in the debate, which is being hosted by the Pierrefonds–Dollard and Lac–Saint–Louis Conservative riding associations. 

The only candidate expected to be absent this evening is Deepak Ohbrai, who has a scheduling conflict.

Two others, Brad Trost and Pierre Lemieux, will be in attendance but not participating due to a “communications breakdown” between their respective campaigns and the organizers.

Eyes on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

The bilingual debate is one of the first opportunities for O’Leary, who announced his candidacy one day after the French-language debate, to showcase his fluency in a second language.

The event starts at 7 p.m. ET.

More than a dozen questions have been submitted by party members. Each question will go to three leadership candidates. If the question is not addressed to specific debaters, the moderators will pick three candidates to answer the question.

Candidates will have a minute each to respond and each candidate will be granted five opportunities to jump in for a maximum of 45 seconds.

Conservative Party members will elect their next leader on May 27.

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