The Canadian Leaders' Debate on October 7 featured arguments, statements, and plenty of one-liners from all of the candidates. Trudeau and Scheer locked horns more than once, while Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May took shots at everyone. Maxime Bernier couldn't stop interrupting people, and Yves-François Blanchet focused on Quebec.
So how did Canadians feel about what happened at the debate? If Twitter is to be trusted, then it was a mixed bag of reactions. There were tweets that focused on the positive aspects of the leaders' performances, and there were ones that took a more critical stance. There were also some reactions that seemed to criticize the format of the debate itself, rather than focusing on the participants. Of course, peppered among all of them were also some truly hilarious takes on the debate.
Some of the funniest tweets came from trusted comedy outlets The Beaverton and 22 Minutes, but others were shared by everyday Canadians who just happened to have some funny things to say themselves. Whether it was about the volume of the debate, the petty arguments, or what the candidates themselves had to say, these tweets truly captured the funniest aspects of the debate.
TFW Elizabeth May tells you you're not going to be Prime Minister. #Compromise2019 #leadersdebate2019 https://t.co/9QQ3y5GcEW— 22Minutes (@22Minutes)1570496444.0
Hard to deny that he doesn't really look happy at being called out like that. Of course, we all might look like that if we were told to our faces that we were going to fail.
Trudeau -"Bill C 21 is discriminatory." Singh - "We will tax the very rich." Bernier - "ALL BABIES ARE BOYS."… https://t.co/5L1kn5cVrO— Adam Christie (@Adam Christie)1570494174.0
Sometimes it's hard to sum up exactly what a candidate wants to say. In the case of the debate, that is definitely true.
Eyes On Trudeau
get u someone who in a room full of crowded ppl only has eyes for u, get u a scheer to ur trudeau #canpoli #leadersdebate2019— soso (@soso)1570495963.0
There was plenty of interaction between the election frontrunners, and it was hard to miss just how much attention Scheer was paying to Trudeau.
Singh Is The Better Speaker
Singh: Trudeau says a lot of things, and so do I, but I say them better #cdnpoli #leaderdebate2019— The Beaverton (@The Beaverton)1570495345.0
Making promises is what running for Prime Minister is all about, isn't it?
Who Is The Loudest?
Update: Leaders now asked to scream at once to see who's the loudest #cdnpoli #leadersdebate2019— The Beaverton (@The Beaverton)1570493319.0
There were a few points in the debate where every candidate wanted to speak at the same time. They seemed to have agreed to do just that.
Free Real Estate
Can you really blame Justin Trudeau? Have you seen housing prices in Canada recently?
Actual footage of Andrew Scheer arriving at the CPC post-debate party. #debate2019 #cdnpoli https://t.co/R0WQI9D0aa— Sir Francis (@Sir Francis)1570509475.0
The Conservative Party always seems quick to declare Andrew Scheer the winner. It must be good for his self-esteem.
Putting In His Two Chairs, Er, Cents
Maxine Bernier whenever immigration comes up #debate2019 https://t.co/cieQaJKTZd— The Drunk Farmer (@The Drunk Farmer)1570496012.0
Bernier seemed to have a lot to say at the debate, and he just couldn't wait to speak (especially when it came to immigration).
They Really Don't Get Along, Do They?
why is this scheer and trudeau in every debate https://t.co/lUreZMzCYN— ceo of ciri (@ceo of ciri)1570495951.0
They really do have it out for each other, don't they?
This Would Have Been Quieter
We go live to the English language federal leaders debate. #Elexn43 #Debatenight https://t.co/vIKKHrns3A— Kyle Kirkup (@Kyle Kirkup)1570495311.0
Apparently at least one person thought that the entire debate was, as depicted, a raging dumpster fire. Of course, a dumpster fire probably doesn't make as much noise.
Not The Support Anyone Wants
Other leaders when Bernier starts a sentence with "I agree with you!" and hasn't pointed who yet #Debatenight https://t.co/ObdIxUPFpQ— JP (@JP)1570492951.0
Jagmeet Singh didn't want Maxime Bernier at the debates, and while no other candidates spoke up about it, there was a level of tension when Bernier found common ground with them.
#debate2019 https://t.co/pLeZmIeGp3— ken paquette ...Monachopsis (@ken paquette ...Monachopsis)1570553207.0
It's something that Canadians might have decided to do at some point during the debates, choosing to just catch the post-game breakdown the next day.