Central Nova debate draws hundreds

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STELLARTON – More than 400 people attended the Central Nova federal candidates’ debate on Thursday at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou campus.

The audience fulfilled a request by moderators to withhold comments or clapping during the debate. However, those attending ended the event with a standing ovation to reflect its approval for the format and the respect the candidates showed one another through the two-hour debate.

The debate was hosted and organized jointly by the Advocate, Pictou County Chamber, Vision Fire, Pulse Pictou County and the NSCC campus.

Five themes were offered to the candidates to discuss. They included health care, encouraging more people to vote, combating climate change, the future of Northern Pulp and international trade and the diplomatic relations between China and Canada.

Candidates were also given an opportunity to voice what they feel are the biggest problems facing Canadians.  

To read the full story and what the candidates had to say, pick up next week’s edition of The Advocate or visit our website next week.

From foreground: candidates Sean Fraser, Betsy MacDonald, George Canyon, Barry Randle and Al Muir attended the Central Nova debate on Thursday at the NSCC gym. (Goodwin photo)