Petition update

We’re Shifting Gears


Aug 25, 2015 — For the last several months we have been actively working with all political parties to host a nationally televised leaders’ debate on women’s issues. With your support we’ve come close to making this debate a reality.

As you may have seen in yesterday’s news (, we now have confirmation that two of the five major political parties will not participate in the debate we had originally imagined.

But, this is certainly not the end of the road.

The issues we care about can, and will, be a major part of this federal election.

We trended on Twitter last night as people across the country spoke up in reaction to the news. We need to keep that momentum going!

Help that happen by clicking here:, to share the following:

Leaders must put #women at the centre of #elxn42! #womenmatter #upfordebate

In the last 24 hours we have reached out to all of the political parties to discuss alternatives to a traditional debate. Our preferred format is one-on-one interviews with each of the party leaders. They’ll all get the same questions, and we’ll be able to stack up all their answers.

We plan to release these videos at an exclusive event in Toronto on September 21st. We have the wheels in motion.

But it’s not just about one interview. We want women’s issues discussed in the other organized debates and with all candidates across the country. Keep raising the issues of violence against women, women’s economic equality, and women’s leadership with your local candidates, voters in your community, and online.

For the latest updates and news from the campaign, follow us on Twitter ( and Facebook ( or visit our website

In solidarity,
The Up For Debate Team

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