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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bruce Power Big Topic At Latest Huron-Bruce All Candidates Meeting

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Four of six Huron-Bruce candidates discuss Bruce Power at latest meeting, ahead of June 7th election.

Four of six candidates running in Huron Bruce were on the hot seat for about 2-hours at the latest all-candidates meeting, held at the Plex in Saugeen Shores

With the meeting consisting of primarily questions from the 150 or so people that were attending, subjects ranged from the education funding formula, sex ed in our schools, the costing of party platforms, and transportation in rural communities.

However, the most animated discussion came from the energy sector, surrounding Bruce Power's future and the future of wind turbines in the province.

Jan Johnstone, of the NDP, says despite what her opponents have said, her party is not anti-nuclear.

She says she has no problem supporting Bruce Power, pointing out that her husband is a power worker and she has many power workers helping, with her campaign.

Liberal Don Matheson says his party also supports the future of Bruce Power and until proven otherwise, will support the advent of wind turbine power as well.

Matheson says until there is scientific proof that turbines affect people, they have to go with the science.

As long as the turbines are in compliance and meeting the rules, the Liberals will support wind power.

Libertarian Ron Stephens supports Bruce Power but says his party would shut down the turbines if elected to office.

However he says there is the bigger picture where he points to a "badly broken" electrical system in Ontario.

Stephens says you know there's a problem when you see hydro rates doubling in just a few years.

Incumbent Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson says her party is the only party that "Unconditionally stands with nuclear."

Thompson says the Liberals have pushed nuclear out of the way, to make room for expensive wind power and she believes the NDP "Absolutely does not support nuclear."

Nicholas Wendler of the Green Party and Gerrie Huenmoerder of the Alliance Party did not attend the all-candidates event, presented by the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of University Women, Southport Chapter.

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