Frank Graves, the pollster, wasted no time in rendering his verdict. Three minutes after the charade ended, Graves tweeted: “OMG, is it over? … It was a meaningless waste of time. Possibly the most vacuous and tedious debate in Canadian political history.”
Sorry, Frank, but aren’t you gilding the lily? That English-language debate on Thursday night was worse than that. It was ghastly, an embarrassment, an insult to the intelligence of Canadians, and a disservice to voters who hoped to learn something useful about the five leaders and the issues in next Monday’s election.