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Dominique Anglade is the latest target of negative comments concerning women in positions of power having fun. Hundreds of accounts have commented on a Twitter and Facebook video of the Liberal Party leader dancing before the Quebec leaders' debate on September 22. Most of the comments are supportive, but many others are harshly critical — some with sexist undertones.

Accusations of "fake" or staged behaviour were particularly prevalent among the naysayers. Others questioned her intelligence or condemned a perceived lack of seriousness. And a handful likened her to Sanna Marin, the Finnish prime minister lambasted for dancing at a house party, and suggested Anglade, like Marin, take a drug test to appease critics.

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The Radio-Canada Quebec leaders' debate lacked the cacophonous outbursts that characterized the TVA Face-à-Face a week prior, but still had no shortage of eyebrow-raising comments — and, in the case of François Legault, literal eyebrow-raising. One remark that earned particular criticism was Quebec Conservative Party leader Éric Duhaime's reference, not once, but twice, to grown professional women as "girls."

The comments came during discussions about teacher and nurse retention.

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The five leaders of Quebec's leading political parties are facing off for the first time in TVA's Face-à-Face debate. The format is... interesting, alternating between open discussions and one-on-one confrontations. In a small room full of passionate politicians with big personalities, however, the rules are blurred.

Between at least some successful jabs and substantive discussions, the debate easily devolves into cacophony — especially since, it seems, all of the leaders' mics are live at all times.

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Quebec Premier François Legault berated the opposition parties in the National Assembly at a press conference on Wednesday and accused them of trying to score "points" by asking him whether he would accept the Joyce Principle in Quebec.

Legault was also upset that the leaders of the opposition parties, Liberal leader Dominique Anglade and Québec Solidaire spokesperson Gabriel-Nadeau Dubois, brought up the issue of systemic racism at a National Assembly question period when "they are very aware of my position."

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