Parliament Hill. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kootenay-Columbia Conservative candidate proposes series of 12 debates

Incumbent NDP MP Wayne Stetski accepts challenge of election debates across the riding

The Kootenay-Columbia Conservative Party candidate is issuing a debate challenge to all federal candidates running in the fall election.

Rob Morrison, the Tory nominee for the riding, is asking for fellow candidates to participate in a series of debates across the Kootenay region in a minimum of 12 communities.

“I have spent the last two years traveling throughout our riding, meeting with folks and hearing their stories”, said Morrison, in a news release. “They have made it clear that they want to have their voices heard before the Election. I agree with them wholeheartedly and believe that it is our duty as Candidates to make ourselves available to constituents and in their home towns. Folks should not have to travel more than 30 minutes to participate in democracy.

“Those candidates unwilling to participate in each one of these debates are signaling that they don’t value the voices of the Constituency. Kootenay-Columbians deserve better representation than that and I am committed to participating in each of these debates. Time will tell if our current MP agrees with Conservatives on this.”

Wayne Stetski, the incumbent MP for Kootenay-Columbia with the New Democrat Party (NDP), welcomed Morrison’s challenge, noting he participated in many debates around the riding during the 2015 election cycle.

“I enjoyed every one of them; absolutely they’re important to the community,” Stetski said.

Stetski said the debates should be organized by a community group, that all candidates are given a chance to represent their parties and policies and that everyone is given time to prepare for the debates.

“That’s what fairness and democracy looks like,” he added.

Wesly Graham, Morrison’s campaign manager, proposes a committee comprised of a representative from each Kootenay-Columbia candidate campaign teams, according to a news release. So far, Stetski, Morrison (Conservative Party), and Rick Stewart (People’s Party of Canada) are the only confirmed nominees for their respective parties.

“Kootenay-Columbians will be looking to make an informed decision on Election Day and these debates will provide an important opportunity to discuss the current MP’s voting record, which requires some explaining,” continued Morrison. “By planning these events well in advance there will be no excuse for Mr. Stetski to miss a single debate.”

Stewart, the PPC candidate, endorsed the proposal, and said his campaign has been in touch with Morrison’s team about coordinating the future debates.



trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kicking Horse conditions update, Thursday February 27

Kicking Horse reports 1 cm of new snow in the last 24… Continue reading

Golden highway update, Thursday February 27

DriveBC reports slippery sections between Beaverfoot Rd and Field, just east of… Continue reading

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

Kicking Horse conditions update, Wednesday February 26

Kicking Horse reports no new snow in the last 24 hours. Light… Continue reading

Golden Highway Update, Wednesday February 26

On Highway 1 just east of Golden, anticipate minor delays due to… Continue reading

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors

Chase’s Payton Koch’s exchange with Minnesota Wild’s Kevin Fiala caught on camera

Surrey will replace its RCMP force with municipal police, province confirms

City of Surrey has been authorized to set up its own city police force

UPDATE: Boy, 5, will donate organs after crash that killed father, son on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to meet today with federal and B.C. governments

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

Chinatowns across Canada report drop in business due to new coronavirus fears

Around the world, about 81,000 people have become ill with the virus

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

Most Read