May 19, 2022

The Province’s Four Main Political Party Leaders Will Debate Northern Issues in North Bay

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The leaders of the four main provincial political parties will be in North Bay on May 10 to discuss issues relevant to Northern Ontarians.

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The Northern Leaders’ Debate will take place at the Capitol Center at 1:15 p.m. as part of the 2022 Northeast Annual Municipal Conference of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.

The debate coincides with the conference which will take place from 9 to 11 May. The City of North Bay is hosting this year.

The Northern Leaders Debate will feature Premier Doug Ford representing the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Leader Green Party of Ontario Mike Schreiner.

It’s unclear whether guests will be able to ask questions or what the format of the debate will look like. It is also not known what subjects will be asked of candidates.

“Many of the 154 northern communities have small populations, and the debate provides a platform for our voices to be heard,” FONOM President Danny Whalen said in a press release.

“We are pleased that municipal organizations in Northern Ontario are hearing directly from provincial party leaders during the spring campaign.

The provincial election takes place on June 2.

The FONOM conference also includes a variety of speakers and tours. On May 9, the agenda includes a tour of Ontario Northland and an evening reception at the Cascades Casino. Aboriginal speakers George Couchie and Michael Borrelli will talk about nuclear waste management.

The May 10 agenda includes speakers Dr. Sarita Verma of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and ONTC CEO Corina Moore.

On May 11, the shortened agenda includes a guest who will address homelessness, mental health and addictions. The speaker was not revealed in the program. FedNor’s Director of Programs, Lucie Perreault, will also address municipal officials.