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Economy Top Of Mind For Huron-Bruce Election Candidates

Huron-Bruce | by Fadi Didi  

Federal election candidates take various views on improving economy for Huron and Bruce counties.

Some commonality can be found among candidates for Huron-Bruce when discussing the economy, leading up to the October 21st federal election.

Liberal candidate Allan Thompson says many of the economic issues facing the riding stem from a lack of housing and transportation.

Workforce studies in the region found a lack of workers able to take on specialty jobs, despite a high rate of pay for such positions.

Thompson says many of these workers cannot afford housing in the areas where the jobs are posted, or cannot afford transportation to their workplace.

Conservative candidate Ben Lobb shares the view the federal government should do more to aid the creation of affordable housing in Huron and Bruce counties.

Lobb also suggests re-examining the Temporary Foreign Workers program to help fill local labour shortages, and provide more citizenship for non-Canadians willing to take hard-to-fill jobs.

For NDP nominee Tony McQuail, a tax on the ultra-wealthy would help fund pharmacare and dental care programs for those in need in Huron-Bruce.

McQuail also advocates for more funding for rural broadband internet, and lower tax rates for small businesses.

Also running in the running of Huron-Bruce are Nicholas Wendler of the Green Party, and Kevin Klerks of the People's Party of Canada.

Election Day is October 21st.

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