Chances are, people that tuned into watch the final debate for the Sault Ste. Marie By-election Tuesday night probably only remember of one of the candidates who caused a ruckus in council chambers.
John Turmel representing the Pauper Party began yelling at the panel and audience gathered at the civic centre in the first hour of the debate. The candidate would not sit down after many warnings by the moderator to “sit down” Turmel was talking about climate change and the untruths about it.
At one point Turmel called the audience “clowns” and dropped the F-bomb as well. Turmel said he knows this because he’s a trained scientist. The moderator ejected Turmel from the debate.
His microphone was shut off and Police were called to escort the candidate out of the building. The televised debate by Shaw TV took a 20 minute recess. The debate continued with Debbie Amaroso for the Liberals, Ross Romano for the Ontario PC, Joe Krmpotic, NDP, Kara Flannigan for the Green Party and Znoneofthe,Above for the None of the Above Party. Missing was Gene Balfour for the Libertarian Party.
The Ring of Fire was a hot topic during the balance of the two hour debate. Other topics included high electricity prices and youth retention.
The Sault Ste. Marie By-Election will be held tomorrow, June 1st. Polls close at 9pm.