While the leaders of our federal parties are memorizing their scripts and choosing what colour tie goes best with a white collared shirt (green, sadly, is not an option), rabble.ca is preparing our own live English-language debate coverage. Come join rabble.ca columnists Duncan Cameron and Murray Dobbin on babble (rabble.ca’s online discussion forum) as we scour every soundbite, scrutinize every hairdo, guffaw at every gaffe and hold our political leaders to account. Can Jack Layton convince Canada’s electorate that he is a viable alternative? Will Gilles Duceppe be able to concentrate with the Stanley Cup playoffs almost upon us? Can Stephen Harper utter a sentence which does not contain the word “coalition”? Will Michael Ignatieff learn how to smile before it’s too late?

Find out here. Coverage starts 6 p.m. EST / 3 p.m. PST, 12 April 2011.