It was without a doubt the worst political debate I have ever seen, more like a game show on crack than anything else.
The format was all wrong, the time allocation was a farce with no candidate able to develop a thought before being cut off.
And to make matters worse, health care wasn't even one of the topics for discussion.
But none of the above stopped the grubby Con Andrew Scheer from quickly claiming victory, just like he did after the French-language debate.
Only to look even more pathetic and desperate, if that's possible.
Especially since Scheer somehow managed to lose the debate in the first ten minutes with this ugly clip.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer opens the federal leaders' debate with an attack on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, saying he is a phony, a fraud and doesn't deserve to govern this country#cdnpoli #elxn43 #CPACVote2019 #leadersdebate2019 pic.twitter.com/FcrNoOXUgy— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) October 7, 2019
Which may have excited Yankee Doodle Andy and his rabid base, but I'm sure turned off a lot of decent real Canadians.
And of course I just had to point out that grubby Scheer was projecting. Again.
Some in the Con media were also claiming that Jagmeet Singh won the debate. And Singh did put in a decent performance.
But that's only because the format favoured one-liners, as the formidable Elly Alboim points out.
And while Singh is pretty good at those, he has a great deal of trouble trying to explain policy.
His failure to stand up for those like him who are being discriminated against by Bill 21 in Quebec can only be described as cowardly.
And somebody really needs to let him know that he is NEVER going to be prime minister.
As well as explain that the only reason the Con media is pulling for him is that they want to split the vote so Scheer can become prime minister.
And the bottom line?
There was no clear winner.
A two-hour election debate Monday saw federal party leaders clash over ethics, climate change and the economy but saw no one immediately emerge as the clear winner, although they slung one-liners, insults and criticisms across the stage as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s rivals sought to stake a claim to his job as prime minister.
Which means that it's advantage Trudeau.
He kept his cool, he stood up to the ugly American, he looked like a real prime minister.
And in just two weeks he'll be the one who will put that ghastly Yankee Doodle Andy down forever...