The debate kicked off with opening statements, in which the candidates begun to lay out their party’s visions for housing in Canada. Angella MacEwen, New Democratic candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean spoke first, presenting her party’s plan to build 500,000 new public housing units over 10 years. Adam Vaughan, Liberal Member of Parliament and candidate for Spadina Fort-York defended his government’s National Housing Strategy that had passed in the 42nd Parliamentary session before pre-emptively refuting any potential attacks from the Conservative candidate regarding capital gains taxes on sales of primary residences. Following Vaughan, Pierre Poilievre, Conservative Member of Parliament and candidate for Carleton attributed much of Canada’s high housing costs to significant bureaucratic development fees, as well as criticizing the Liberal-implemented Mortgage Stress Test that he argues makes it difficult to shop around for favourable mortgage rates. Next, Angela Keller-Herzog, Green candidate for Ottawa Centre, spoke of the need to enshrine a national right to housing into for Canadian citizens and permanent residents into law. Opening statements concluded with Geneviève Nadeau, Bloc Québécois candidate for Gatineau, who advocated for a housing policy based on the ideals of social justice, in line with her past professional and political experiences. Moderators engaged with the candidates in both Official Languages, though only Nadeau opted to debate in French. The other four candidates conducted nearly the entire debate exclusively in English.