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Date set for first debate with local candidates

One debate set for Thursday afternoon, with a town hall-style event on Sept. 14
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Candidate signs near the intersection of Victoria Road and Grange Street.

Guelph residents will soon have opportunities to check out their federal election options from the four main parties with a pair of virtual gatherings – one dubbed a debate and the other being promoted as a town hall-style event.

The first is set for this coming Thursday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., organized by Guelph Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Guelph & District Association of Realtors. Following in the footsteps of the federal leaders debates, only candidates for the four main parties are slated to take part – Michelle Bowman (Green), Aisha Jahangir (NDP), Lloyd Longfield (Liberal) and Ashish Sachan (Conservative).

Click here to register.

Questions, to be directed to all candidates, are to be submitted in advance to

The debate will be recorded and posted to the chamber’s YouTube channel the next day.

Known as the “Climate Crisis and Social Justice: Virtual Town Hall,” numerous local organizations have come together to host another event on Sept. 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm.

“Learn more about the climate change and social issues that face Canadians and how our future leaders are planning to work towards solving them,” states a news release about the event, hosted by Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and Democracy Guelph, in collaboration with Our Energy Guelph, Retired Teachers of Ontario, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario-Wellington Chapter and Council of Canadians-Guelph Chapter, with support from several other organizations.

To register for the virtual event, click here. People will have the ability to submit one question each during the registration process. Questions can be directed toward a single candidate or all candidates participating in the event.

Due to time limitations, “a few representative questions will be selected,” explains the release.