Maclean's Gives Canadians First Chance to Watch Federal Party Leaders Face Off on Key Election Issues in Televised Debate, Aug. 6

– All major federal party leaders confirmed to participate: Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada; Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada; Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada
– Canadians can watch the debate live on multiple platforms and in several languages through City, Rogers Radio news stations, OMNI Television and CPAC –
– Innovative partnership with Facebook to deepen engagement with audiences on digital platforms –

TORONTO, June 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Maclean's, Canada's leading current affairs brand, today announced that it will bring audiences their first opportunity to hear from all major federal party leaders in a nationally televised debate on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET

The debate will air commercial-free on City, OMNI.1, OMNI.2, and CPAC, with live streaming on Macleans.ca, Citytv.com, CityNews.ca, OMNItv.ca, CPAC.ca, Facebook, and YouTube. Rogers Radio news stations will also carry the debate live on 680News.com, 570news.com, 660News.com, 1310News.com, News1130.com, and News957.com. For multilingual audiences, OMNI Television's coverage will be translated into Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Punjabi, while CPAC's coverage will be in both French and English.

"Canadians are facing an important choice for the country's future in the upcoming election," said Steve Maich, Senior Vice President of Rogers Publishing. "Our goal is to start this most important conversation and to help shed light on the key issues on the minds of Canadians as they prepare to cast their ballots."

Moderated by Maclean's political editor Paul Wells, the party leaders will debate on issues including the economy, energy and the environment, the health of Canada's democratic institutions, and foreign policy and security. The debate format will avoid canned speeches, providing the leaders with the opportunity to engage with each other. Wells will have the latitude to pose follow-up questions to ensure Canadians have the most information and insight possible.

With that goal in mind, Maclean's has also entered into a partnership with Facebook to increase awareness and engagement among Canadians across the country. With more than 20 million Canadians on Facebook, this partnership will provide insight into the issues, policies and people Canadians are talking about.

SOURCE Maclean's

For further information: Media Contact: Charmaine Khan, Maclean's, 416.277.0450, charmaine.khan@rci.rogers.com

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