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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Candidates Debate in Goderich

Huron Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Mitchell, Robertson and Thompson take questions for two hours about local issues.

The three main Huron-Bruce candidates in the provincial election found no shortage of issues to talk about in their all-candidates meeting in Goderich.

Incumbent Liberal Carol Mitchell, New Democrat Grant Robertson and Tory Lisa Thompson took questions from the audience on Monday night.

The Green Party's Patrick Main, Christine Schnurr of the Family Coalition Party and Independent candidate Dennis Valenta did not attend.

The two-hour session touched on everything from smart meters to job-creation and voting their own conscience in the Legislature among many other things.

Other hot-button issues included the impending Walkerton Jail closure, and the province's education funding formula which has led to school accommodation reviews in the Avon-Maitland and Bluewater District School Boards.

Mitchell, Thompson and Robertson also engaged in lively conversation in three, five-minute open debates.

The open exchanges featured almost none of the mud-slinging that has characterized what the party leaders have been saying throughout the campaign.

Each candidate praised the resiliency of Goderich residents in the wake of the August tornado.

The all-candidates meeting was held at the Goderich Legion branch -- in the same neighbourhood as properties that absorbed some of the worst damage done by the storm.

Another all-candidates meeting is set for the Teeswater Community Centre at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.



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