National Newswatch

The opposition parties might have agreed to a national English debate broadcast by the major TV networks, but the Conservatives aren’t budging on their decision to skip it.

The NDP, Liberals and Green party reached an agreement in principle Thursday with the television consortium that has traditionally organized the election debates, for two national broadcasts with simultaneous translation.

The consortium includes CBC’s French and English channels, Global News and CTV.

The English-language broadcast will feature Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May, while the French language broadcast will also feature Bloc Quebecois Leader Mario Beaulieu. The Bloc said it was upset to not be included in the English match-up.

If the opposition parties and networks were hoping to nudge the Conservatives into changing their mind, it didn’t work. Spokesman Kory Teneycke point

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