Candidates debate to be held next week

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September 30, 2015 8:15 AM

The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce is holding two back-to-back all-candidates forums next week, featuring the federal candidates of both constituencies on either side of the meridian.

The forums will take place on Oct. 7 at the Civic Centre from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with the Battlefords-Lloydminster (Saskatchewan) candidates going up first followed by those of Lakeland (Alberta).

Candidates confirmed to attend for Battlefords-Lloydminster are Larry Ingram of the Liberal Party, the NDP’s Glen Tait, Mikaela-Marie Tenkink of the Green Party, independent Doug Anguish and Conservative incumbent Gerry Ritz.

Lakeland candidates who have been confirmed are Conservative Shannon Stubbs, Duane Zaraska of the NDP, Garry Parenteau of the Liberal Party and Libertarian Robert McFadzean.

“The goal is to give the candidates the opportunity to have some face time with their constituents and to let them know what their platform is. But more importantly for constituents to be able to ask questions and try to get answers about some of the things that are important to them,” said Pat Tenney, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Tenney says among the topics people can expect to hear debated are the skilled labour shortage, immigration and the foreign worker program, pipelines for energy transport and red tape for small businesses. The format of the night’s events will be the same as all-candidates forums held in the past, with each candidate having four minutes to introduce themselves followed by written questions taken from the floor.

“Everyone should come out, meet the candidates and be an informed voter,” said Tenney, “and then, most importantly, get out and vote.”

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