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Election 2015: Chamber hosting candidates forum in October

Questions from public must be submitted in advance

Only two of the three federal party candidates have signed on for a forum in Trail, so far.

Liberal Connie Denesiuk and New Democrat Richard Cannings confirmed they will attend the Oct. 6 open meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. in the Cominco Gym.

Absent at this point is Conservative Marshall Neufeld.

His availability will be confirmed in the coming weeks, according to campaign manager Levin Njogu, who said Neufeld’s priority is to communicate directly with constituents.

The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce (TCOC) is hosting the event, which could be quite matter-of-fact considering the candidates will be given a heads up on questions well in advance.

The chamber is asking the community to submit questions for the politicians beginning this week. Those queries must be directed to a specific candidate, and can be submitted via email at tcocm@netidea.com or in person at TCOC’s Bay Avenue office.

With no open floor questions from the public allowed it doesn’t mean the candidates are completely off the hook.

After opening statements, the political hopefuls will be asked rapid fire questions from the media.

Those questions will not be submitted in advance.

The nomination period doesn’t officially close until Sept. 28, so there could, conceivably, be more candidates at the podium that night.

There’s no Green candidate in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding as yet, but there are two others vying for a federal seat.

Word from Independent Brian Gray is, he’s committed to attending as many forums in the riding as possible. Gray told the Trail Times he’ll be attending the Valley Voice’s forum in Silverton Sept. 16, and said, most certainly, he will be at the Trail event.

Another Okanagan-based Independent, Doug Pederson, says he will attend Osoyoos and Oliver gatherings, and pending vehicle repairs, hopes to be at the Trail forum as well.

For more information, call the chamber at 250.368.3144.

Another local forum is scheduled for Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the Sandman Inn in Castlegar.

The Mir Centre for Peace will host the public event, and ask party candidates to address questions about peace, security and climate change.

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