/R E P E A T -- GroupeMédia TFO network to broadcast first French-language Ontario election debate live on September 26, 2011/

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - As the October 6 Ontario provincial elections approach, GroupeMédia TFO and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario have formed a partnership to hold a debate among representatives of Ontario's three main political parties.

The representatives—Gilles Bisson of the New Democratic Party, Jason MacDonald of the Progressive Conservative Party, and Madeleine Meilleur of the Liberal Party—will express their parties' respective visions in a special program moderated by TFO journalist Gisèle Quenneville.

The debate, to be held entirely in French, will be broadcast live from TFO's Toronto television studios starting at 7:00 PM on September 26, streamed live on the Internet at tfo.org and also on the radio stations of Ontario's francophone radio network belonging to MICRO.

This encounter among Ontario's three main parties has been organized by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario, the organization that unites and speaks as the political voice of Francophone Ontario. This democratic exercise is receiving much attention not only in this province, but throughout Canada as well, because it is the first initiative of its kind to address French-speaking voters in the history of Ontario elections.

Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO of GroupeMédia TFO, explains, "This is the first time that GroupeMédia TFO will be broadcasting a provincial political debate in French. Through this event, we will be giving the political parties a unique platform to explain their positions in the electoral race.  On September 26, French-speaking citizens of Ontario will have a unique opportunity to hear the parties' representatives and to ask them questions about the issues that concern Franco-Ontarians."

Denis Vaillancourt, President of the Assemblée, adds, "We are delighted to give the parties this forum to address Ontario's Francophone community at large-a forum that will also let Franco-Ontarians get information about the issues that concern them. This initiative on our part is designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the electoral process this coming October 6."


For further information:

GroupeMédia TFO  
Carole Nkoa   
Senior Development Officer
416-968-8313 | cnkoa@tfo.org
    Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
Samy Khalid | Policy Analyst
613-744-6649, Extension 28 |


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