For the first time in this year's Canadian election, Justin Trudeau is joining three other party leaders to throw down on key election issues. There is one catch, however, the debate is in French. This shouldn't be surprising considering French is Canada's second official language, but many are stilling wondering when the TVA debate in English will be available.
The October 2 debate is being hosted on TVA and LCN, which are both Canadian French-language TV networks. It marks the first of two French debates during this election period. Later at night, at 10 p.m. eastern time, CPAC will be offering a translated version of the debate but until then, it is solely offered in French.
Despite the fact that it was well advertised as a French-language debate, many Canadians have been tuning in tonight from all across the country and they've actually been surprised that the debate is fully in French.
Taking to Twitter, some Canadians have complained that the debate is fully in French, that there are no English subtitles, and that there is no translator.
One Canadian tweeted, "Would it kill them to have English subtitles" while another suggested that the whole debate was a farce without them. They said "Is there no national English translation feed of this thing? If not, then it's a farce. These are national leaders not regional ones."
Others agreed saying that a network such as CBC should have carried a live English translation of the TVA debate.
However, some English Canadians were doing ok without any subtitles.
While not everyone is understanding the debate perfectly, it turns out a basic high school french education can at least help them get by!
There is one gif however that seems to sum up every English-Canadian watching this debate unfold. The gif was shared by Parliament Hill Bureau Chief Cormac MacSweeney, who shared the news about the debate starting along with an iconic Anchorman gif quote which says "I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUT!" If that isn't a mood, I don't know what is.
For everyone putting their public school level French to the test during these debates, bonne chance!