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Make an informed choice Oct. 21.

Advocate hosts all-candidates debate in Lindsay with help of 3 community sponsors

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Make an informed choice Oct. 21.

There’s an important federal election coming up and the Advocate wants to help you make an informed choice on Oct. 21.

That’s why we’ve organized, and will host, an all-candidates debate on social policy on Oct. 6 from 2-4 pm, with the help of three community sponsor organizations – the Food Security Working Group of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, Kawartha Citizens United, and Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition.

All five federal candidates for Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock will be participating in the debate, which will be moderated by Advocate Publisher Roderick Benns.

To be held at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, the debate will be an opportunity for the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green, and PPC candidates to lay out their positions on a broad range of social issues, from housing, income security, the environment, pensions, and more.

The candidates running, in alphabetical order, are:

Gene Balfour, People’s Party of Canada (PPC)

Barbara Doyle, New Democratic Party (NDP)

Judi Forbes, Liberal Party of Canada

Elizabeth Fraser, Green Party of Canada

Jamie Schmale, Conservative Party of Canada


Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also on the communications team of the Basic Income Canada Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.


  1. Since we cannot attend the mtg on Oct 6th do you know of other all candidates mtgs in the area. Thanks Ron Sutch

  2. Ron, this is the only public meeting we know about in the area. However, I will be also be moderating the televised debate on Oct. 15 on YourTV (Cogeco). If you live in Lindsay you can watch it, or even if you don’t they’ll be sharing the whole debate online.

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