VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While many people are describing Tuesday’s tame leaders’ debate as one without any fireworks or nastiness, the night’s moderator is being given a lot of credit for keeping things rolling.
The Angus Reid Institute’s Shachi Kurl was at the helm and began by setting expectations for the leaders.
“Answer the questions you’re asked. I don’t want to interrupt you, but I will if I have to,” she told the BC NDP’s John Horgan, Green Leader Sonia Furstenau, and Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.
What followed was a debate that saw few interruptions, few instances of candidates speaking over one another, and an overall civil tone.
Online, Kurl is being celebrated as the night’s true winner, managing to ask fair questions of all three leaders, all while maintaining order — a stark difference from moderating we’ve seen in past weeks just south of the border, where a presidential election campaign is underway.
Firm, but fair, Kurl was able to keep the leaders focused throughout the 90 minute head-to-head, offering the leaders a treat at the end for a job well done.
“Leaders, thank you. Thank you for a respectful debate, y’all get a cookie,” Kurl concluded. “Nice work.”
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Praise for her moderating has been widespread on social media.
“Congrats on a great job, cookies and all. If you DM me a mailing address, you may just find some cookies arriving to you via mail, from @girlguidesofcan’s new cookie website,” one person wrote Tuesday. “They won’t arrive in time for your post-debate snack tonight but you can enjoy them in the coming days.”
Congrats on a great job, cookies and all. If you DM me a mailing address, you may just find some cookies arriving to you via mail, from @girlguidesofcan‘s new cookie website. They won’t arrive in time for your post-debate snack tonight but you can enjoy them in the coming days
— Diamond Isinger (@diamondisinger) October 14, 2020
Kurl, herself, even took to Twitter to share her thanks for the reaction.
“Gosh. A little verklempt at all the love tonight. I hope to respond individually in the next hours but first it’s time for a cocktail … and a cookie,” her tweet reads.
Verklempt: added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. Meaning "overcome with emotion." @ShachiKurl perhaps overwhelmed after taking the clear peoples' choice award for what people saw as clear, fair and firm moderation of BC leaders' debate: more on @NEWS1130 https://t.co/iuob0x7Rjv
— Ash 'I work from home now' Kelly (@AshDKelly) October 14, 2020
“My main takeaway from tonights (sic) #bcelection2020 debate? I’m glad I live in BC and we can have a civil debate facilitated by an amazing moderator. Well done all candidates and especially well done @ShachiKurl,” another tweet reads.
The love fest is long winded, with much of the same reaction easily found on Twitter and elsewhere.