Candidates spar over economy, climate change and democracy

Jorge Maria

Campbell’s Bay  Aug. 25, 2021 

Less than two years since the last election, federal candidates for the Pontiac riding made their way to a debate hosted by local radio station CHIP FM

All five announced candidates were invited and all but the Bloc Québécois candidate were in attendance. The BQ representative, Gabrielle Desjardins, was unable to attend due to a prior commitment. At the time of invitations, the PPC candidate had not been chosen

The debate, held chiefly in French, covered various local and federal issues and was intermixed with pre-submitted questions from CHIP FM’s listeners.

Only 30 members of the public were present due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Of the four on stage, NDP candidate and NDP Pontiac riding association president Denise Giroux was the only one returning to the campaign for a second shot at leading the Pontiac riding. 

Newcomers Shaughn McArthur, of the Green Party, Michel Gauthier of Conservatives and Sophie Chatel of the Liberals vyed to make their first public impression on the citizens of the Pontiac.

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