The Saskatchewan Party’s Brad Wall and the NDP’s Cam Broten will come face to face for the first time this election in the leaders debate this Wednesday.
The two party leaders will answer a range of questions submitted by residents and asked by a panel of reporters.
The debate, which is set for 6 p.m. CST, is hosted by the CBC working within a broadcast partnership pool which also includes News Talk Radio, CTV and Global. News Talk will broadcast the debate live.
The four other parties will not be allowed to participate. The broadcast partnership agreed participants would be decided based on whether the party either held seats in the legislature at dissolution, or had a reasonable chance of winning a seat based on the best available polling.
Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux said organizers are doing a disservice to voters by not including more parties in the leaders debate.
“If the criteria for the debate is that only parties that can form government are invited, then why isn’t Brad Wall standing alone on stage for an hour?” Lamoureux said in a release.
Lamoureux’s Liberals have a full slate of 61 candidates alongside the two main parties while Green Party leader Victor Lau has 58. Their parties will be given a chance to present their ideas in six special topic debates hosted by the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce on March 21, 22 and 24.
The debates on healthcare, agriculture, education, economy, highways and infrastructure and finances will be broadcast on the Access7 channel and streamed online. Representatives of the Sask Party, NDP, Green Party and Liberal Party will all participate.
March 21 – Healthcare at 7:00 p.m., Education at 8:30 p.m.
March 22 – Highways and Infrastructure at 7:00 p.m., Agriculture at 8:30 p.m.
March 24 – Economy at 7:00 p.m., Provincial Finances at 8:30 p.m.