If your idea of a fun evening is listening to two or sometimes three people speaking at the same time, then you probably enjoyed last night’s Ontario election debate.
If you like hearing the same rehearsed lines, false accusations and simplistic solutions repeated over and over again, then I hope you recorded the debate so you can watch it again this evening. But if you were looking for evidence that someone was thoughtful enough to see the complexity of the issues, mature and responsible enough to find solutions and fundamentally decent enough to balance the interests of all residents, you might have been disappointed.
Leaving platforms aside, if there was a glimmer of hope last night it came from NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who occasionally rose above the fray to make a point or two at the expense of her two opponents. But otherwise, it was a disappointing exercise. Maybe we expect too much from these events, but it would have been nice to see more substance and less hyperbole and interruption. Ultimately, this election won’t be about who won the debate last night. But if anyone did, it probably wasn’t the undecided voter.