The federal election campaign in Huron-Bruce is officially in high gear, with the first of a series of six debates across the riding in advance of the October 21st vote.
Five candidates took part in the event at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich Wednesday.
All of them have carried their parties' national platforms into the campaign, while also focusing on local voters' needs.
Conservative incumbent MP Ben Lobb is an 11-year Parliamentary veteran, who says more must be done to attract workers to Huron and Bruce Counties.
While the riding has a relatively low jobless rate, many employers are having trouble filling skilled positions.
Liberal Allan Thompson is taking on Lobb for a second time, after losing by a narrow margin in the 2015 election.
He believes voters need a stronger voice in Ottawa on issues like affordability, housing and the cost of living in a rural area.
Veteran New Democrat Tony McQuail says many issues are connected but affordability, the environment and proportional representation are the main concerns he's carrying into the campaign.
Nicolas Wendler is again running for the Green Party on a platform of environmental issues and proportional representation.
Peoples' Party of Canada hopeful Kevin Klerks is running a populist campaign similar to the Republican Party in the US.
The candidates will debate again at The Plex in Port Elgin, Thursday at 7pm, then return to Goderich next Thursday to debate environmental issues in an event sponsored by Green Goderich.