This is a question about The first 2015 leaders debate held by Maclean’s magazine on August 6th.
The debate included the party leaders for the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, and Green (reference).
The debate can be replayed here.
As a Canadian who does not speak french, I am use to watching a bilingual debate that includes subtitles in the language that is not currently spoken. If find this useful to make sure I understand what is said by both sides of the given debate. The debate this time was in English and the primary french party leader was missing altogether, this is not normal compared to the historic Canadian debates (reference).
I noticed that even though the Bloc possess two seats (like the Green Party) that they were not represented at the debate.
My original thought was that the debate is restricted to parties with a particular number of seats, but the Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, was present, and the Green party has the same number of seats as the Bloc Party (reference).
Why was Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc leader, not present in the MacLeans 2015 Canadian leader debate?