The 1984 Canadian Federal Leaders’ Debate

Once of the nation’s most iconic election debate moments occurred on July 25, 1984. Liberal Prime Minister John Turner faced off against Progressive Conservative leader (and soon-to-be prime minister) Brian Mulroney and New Democrat leader Ed Broadbent. In an impassioned exchange, Mr. Mulroney called out Turner’s patronage appointments and punctured his leadership abilities. When Turner answered Mulroney’s attack by saying he had had no choice but to make the appointments, Mulroney’s responded with the now iconic quote: “You had an option, sir.”

Watch the historic debate below (CBC Archive).