Ontario Liberal candidate and former mayor Debbie Amaroso today issued the following debate challenge to her rival candidates:
With the by-election officially underway, I want to reiterate my challenge to you both:
Will you join me for ten local debates?
Sault Ste. Marie voters deserve a campaign focused on local issues. They expect us to ditch the Toronto-approved talking points and really delve into how we’ll make life better for local residents.
We owe it to voters to be accessible to public scrutiny, and to contest our ideas.
I want to talk about how we’ll protect and create local jobs, and how we’ll continue to invest in public services like roads, bridges, buses, the college, the university and local healthcare.
Ross, you and your Conservative leader both have records in favour of cutting public service jobs. We should debate whether that’s right for a City like ours. I don’t believe it is, but residents deserve to hear why you think cutting public service jobs is the right choice for the Soo.
Your Conservative leader also refuses to say how he’ll reduce hydro rates or how expensive a carbon tax he plans. Liberals have been clear with our plan to reduce hydro rates by 25% on average for urban residents and even more for rural residents. I hope you’ll share an actual plan so we can have a real debate on hydro rates.
Joe, we both served on Council together and got along well. But we need to debate how you feel you’ll deliver for the Soo when it’s a majority Liberal government and the NDP is the third-place party. Aren’t we better off being at the table than across the aisle?
I’ve already RSVP’d yes to the Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum, and I hope you will too. I’m sure another nine opportunities will arise.
Voters deserve a good, honest conversation. I’m ready for ten local debates, and I hope you gentlemen are too.
Ontario Liberal Candidate
Sault Ste. Marie”