An 18-Year-Old Ontarian Became The Star Of The Election Debate For Being So Damn Relatable

A new star has officially emerged from the first and only English-language leaders' election debate.

On the debate topic of reconciliation, a first-time voter from Sault Ste. Marie got the chance to ask the party leaders an important question.

After first speaking about how trust and respect are key to any relationship in the Ojibwe culture, 18-year-old Marek McLeod appeared to forget what he wanted to say, pausing and saying what sounded like either "oh sh**" or "oh shoot."

With some quick encouragement from the debate's moderator, Shachi Kurl from the Angus Reid Institute, McLeod came back strong to finish his question.

"How can I trust and respect the federal government after 150 plus years of lies and abuse to my people? And as prime minister what will you do to rebuild the trust between First Nations and the federal government?" McLeod asked.

The reaction to his slight stumble was swift on Twitter, with many viewers showing their support.

Some acknowledged that mistakes happen to everyone, even on a big stage.

One thing was clear — for many, McLeod was a highlight of the debate.

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Justin Trudeau's First Calls After Winning The Election Were To Joe Biden & Kamala Harris

They talked about the Canada-U.S. land border, women in the workforce and meeting in person.

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Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden on September 21 and the American leader offered his congratulations on the re-election. They chatted about the response to COVID-19, collaboration on the fight against climate change, and managing the Canada-U.S. land border.

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