ONNTv hosted an all-candidates debate Wednesday evening, giving each party a chance to state their platform policies and their views on various topics.
The candidates involved were:
- Kara Flannigan, Green Party
- Jaclynne Hamel, Liberal
- Michele McCleave-Kennedy, NDP
- Sandy Holmberg, Northern Ontario Party, and
- Ross Romano, PC
Moderators included ONNTv’s Tim Murphy and Lou-Anne Young, as well as Rory Ring, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce.
Each moderator asked the candidates three questions, allowing them 90 seconds to answer to the best of their ability.
Questions varied from local issues such as the Huron Central Railway, the Algoma Steel Plant debt, and how each party plans to help smaller, local businesses stay thriving and competitive, to broader issues like the opioid crisis, keeping arts and culture alive in the Sault, and the expansion of the Northern Highway, making it a four-lane highway.
One thing that made this debate more unique than the rest was the open-floor discussion at the end, where each candidate was allowed to ask another candidate any question they wanted. This opened up the floor for debate between the candidates themselves, and the sparks flew as the NDP, Liberal and PC candidates got into heated conversations regarding each others’ platforms, or in the PCs case, the lack thereof.
Lou-anne wrapped up the debate by allowing each candidate 60 seconds to give their closing statements; giving each of them a chance to get a final word in and try to persuade voters to place the X beside their name at the polls.