Looming over tonight’s federal leader’s debate hosted by Macleans and CityTV was the absence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At the same time protestors remained outside taking the network to task for not inviting PPC leader Maxime Bernier.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer faced the brunt of the attacks in Trudeau’s absence from fellow leaders Jagmeet Singh of the NDP, and Elizabeth May of the Green Party.