The Advocate hosting candidates debate

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Haven’t decided who will get your vote in the 2019 federal election?

Watching federal debates might tell you more about a political party, but they don’t fill you in on the local issues. The Advocate is here to help.

With a passion for bringing local news and the latest issues to our readers, The Advocate is proud to host its first political debate and bring answers to the questions you want to know.

As a newspaper, we value democracy and getting the news out to the public and we feel the best way to do this is to let you sit in on a chat with the local candidates for the upcoming federal election and hear for yourself what they have to say about the issues that matter to Pictou County and to you.

The debate will be hosted in partnership with the Pictou County Chamber, Pulse Pictou County and NSCC Pictou Campus, where the event will take place Oct. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Because we like to hear from our readers, we are asking you, Pictou County, to set the tone for the debate and send us questions you want to hear those running in the election locally, answer. Send in your questions/concerns and we will narrow them down into the themes and broader issues that matter the most to the county. The debate will be timed and have off-the-cuff responses from the politicians, with no notes or talking points allowed.

Not sure you can make it that night? Not to worry, with our initiative to reach out to the community we are happy to announce the debate will also be live streamed to our YouTube Channel, so make sure you subscribe now to,

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to the public and our readers for the first time,” said Jackie Jardine, editor. “And we’re happy to be partnering with Pulse Pictou County, the community college and the Chamber in presenting this democratic opportunity.”

For 125 years, The Advocate has been your source for local news and this debate is a first for the newspaper.

Stay tuned to The Advocate in print and social media for more updates on the 2019 federal election debate and how you can say your part or attend the event. And of course, make sure you register to vote!