Candidates debates in Cumberland-Colchester

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TRURO – A number of debates are in the works for the candidates running in Cumberland-Colchester in the upcoming federal election.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce has announced a debate for Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m., at Alumni Theatre at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. The participating candidates include, in alphabetical order by last name, William (Bill) Archer, People’s Party of Canada; Scott Armstrong, Conservatives; Jason Blanch, Green Party; Larry Duchesne, NDP; and Lenore Zann, Liberal Party.

The chamber of commerce is taking questions from the public to possibly be presented during the debate. Questions can be sent by 4 p.m., Sept. 30, to Sherry Martell at

There are a number of other candidates running in the riding and confirmed by Elections Canada, however the chamber has certain criteria for participants. The chamber’s Election Activities policy criteria includes: have at least one MP elected under the party’s banner; and at least one of the two following items, intend to run candidates in at least 90 per cent of the country’s ridings, or have captured at least four per cent of the votes in the previous election.

“Hosting a candidates’ debate is an opportunity to bring important topics to the forefront during an election period, as well as to ask questions on issues identified by our members and to receive real-time answers,” said Ron Smith, president of the chamber of commerce, in a press release.

“We are aware there are candidates in the Cumberland-Colchester riding that will not be represented on the panel as a result of the criteria.”

The chamber of commerce is extending an invitation to meet with any candidate in the Cumberland-Colchester riding to discuss the chamber’s advocacy priorities for the business community.

On the Elections Canada website, Stephen Garvey is running for the National Citizens Alliance of Canada; and Jody O’Blenis is confirmed as the candidate for Veterans Coalition Party of Canada. Matthew Rushton has announced his intention of running as an Independent.


The Colchester Food Bank, along with a number of partnering organizations, is hosting ‘Eat, Think, Vote’, a chance to meet the Cumberland-Colchester candidates on Oct. 1.

The brunch will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the food bank, 580 Prince St., Truro. Mark Austin will be moderator.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a question and answer time available.


The Living Earth Council is also hosting a candidates debate, to be held in Lecture Hall at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus (inside Forrester Hall), on Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m.

The debate is part of the 100 Debates on the Environment project (, which is coordinating debates in 100 ridings across the country. Four questions will be asked at all those local debates, so that when the answers are live-streamed, recorded and posted online, voters will be able to compare and contrast the answers. Those questions will be followed by local environmental questions.

No questions will be taken from the audience at the debate.


The Wentworth Recreation Centre is hosting an all candidates meeting on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Bill Martin will moderate the meeting, and the audience members will have a chance to ask questions.

This is a chance for the public to hear from the candidates in the who will be sharing their views and trying to win votes. Come out and hear your local political candidates from all parties discuss and debate the issues of concern to you. 

The centre is located at 13752 Highway 4, Wentworth. Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend.