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Updated: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:53:35 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Quebec leaders face off for first time in tonight's debate



Thursday's debate will feature Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault, Parti Québecois Leader Pauline Marois, Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard and Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Françoise David (© left to right, top to bottom)

Thursday's debate will feature Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault, Parti Québecois Leader Pauline Marois, Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard and Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Françoise David (left to right, top to bottom). The Canadian Press

Sparks will fly during tonight's Quebec election debate as leaders go head-to-head on four themes: the economy, governance, sovereignty and identity.

The leaders of the four main political parties will face off for a two-hour, French-language debate starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

CBC News will carry the debate live with English translation on all platforms, including:

- A live stream at cbc.ca/quebecvotes.

- A radio special on 88.5 FM from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, hosted by CBC's Steve Rukavina.

- A television broadcast of the two-hour debate on CBC's News Network.

Participating in the debate will be Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, Parti-Québécois Leader Pauline Marois, Coalition AvenirQuébec Leader FrançoisLegault and QuébecSolidaire co-spokesperson Françoise David.

The debate will be moderated by Radio-Canada's Anne-Marie Dussault and Sébastien Bovet.

The debate was organized by a consortium of broadcasters and will be held at the Radio-Canada studios.

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