Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will take part in his first debate of this federal election campaign, squaring off with three other party leaders tonight in Montreal.

Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, and the Bloc Quebecois’ Yves-Francois Blanchet will face off with Trudeau in a debate hosted by the private T-V-A television network and Montreal’s Le Journal newspaper.

Organizers didn’t invite Green Leader Elizabeth May or Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party.

But they will take part in two more debates next week organized by the new federal debate commission.

May voiced her anger at being excluded on social media again on Wednesday morning.

“TVA unfair, anti-democratic debate. Only woman leader not invited. Male leaders do not mind the exclusion,” she wrote on Twitter.

May will take part in an all-candidates event in her Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands on Wednesday evening.

It takes place at Stelly’s Secondary School in Central Saanich from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The debate comes as new online poll done over the weekend for The Canadian Press suggests the front runners need a big performance to move the needle.

The Leger poll suggests the Liberals and Conservatives are still locked in a tie halfway through the campaign, each with 34-per-cent support, and the New Democrats and Greens are still battling for distant third place.

The poll also found that embarrassing old photos that recently surfaced showing Trudeau wearing blackface makeup had little impact on respondents’ voting plans

with files from Canadian Press

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