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Bloc Québécois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet was the clear winner in last night’s French-language debate.

Polly—Canada’s only AI pollster—saw 5x more people discussing Blanchet compared to before the debate began. His strong performance helped his party gain 2 seats since the English-language debate. If the election were held today, the most likely scenario would see the Bloc winning 17 seats.

Engagement on Justin Trudeau increased the least of any leader, with only 1.5x more people talking about Trudeau following the debate compared to before it started. Trudeau and the Liberals dropped slightly in projected seat count but remain in minority territory with 160 seats.

People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier saw the second-highest increased engagement among viewers; Polly noticed 2.5x more people were engaging on the topic of Bernier following the debate compared to before it started. The increased engagement didn’t translate into support in his own riding of Beauce where he is still in a virtual tie with his Conservative opponent Richard Lehoux.

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