MONTREAL (AP) – File this under “Only in Canada.”
A move is afoot to reschedule a federal election debate slated for Thursday so it doesn’t conflict with the opening game of the Montreal Canadiens’ first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe says he’s sure Montreal fans will choose the game over the French-language debate, and NDP Leader Jack Layton echoed those sentiments.
Duceppe is asking other party leaders to join in urging the broadcasters who organize the debate to move it back a day.
An English debate is scheduled for Tuesday, before the playoffs begin.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the Tory leader will be there on whatever date they choose.
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