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Friday, October 11, 2019

Huron-Bruce Election Candidates Debate Issues In Holmesville

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Latest all-candidates meeting sponsored by the Huron County Federation of Agriculture.

Candidates for the October 21st federal election in Huron-Bruce discussed a variety of issues, in their last debate before advance polling begins.

Four of the five hopefuls appeared at the event Thursday, sponsored by the Huron County Federation of Agriculture at the Holmesville Community Centre.

Most, but not all of the issues under debate were farm-related.

New Democrat candidate Tony McQuail says Huron-Bruce voters have been troubled by what he sees as a lack of ethics in government.

He mentioned the SNC Lavalin scandal that plagued the Trudeau government, and the robocall scandal that dogged the former Conservative government under then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Liberal hopeful Allan Thompson says affordability for all age groups continues to be an issue.

He adds that many rural residents who qualify for job openings can't afford to live where the jobs are, while a more affordable home might be too far away and there's no transportation.

Incumbent Conservative MP Ben Lobb says government needs to "get out of the way" of rural broadband development, by cutting the red tape to allow projects to go ahead.

Lobb foresees a time when rural high-speed Internet will be viewed as a basic right for Canadians, in the same way that mail has been regarded since the 19th Century.

Nicholas Wendler of the Green Party believes that increasing reliance on locally-produced food in regions across the country, can help deal with sticky international trade issues.

Peoples' Party of Canada candidate Kevin Klerks was absent from the event.

Among the other issues debated in Holmesville Thursday were expansion of rural natural gas service like the EPCOR project in South Bruce and Kincardine, decreasing the farm-related carbon footprint, and increasing Canada's food processing capacity.

Advance polling starts in Huron-Bruce Friday, and runs through the holiday weekend.

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