June 26, 2013 - 8:52 AM
KELOWNA - After yesterday's challenge put forth by the NDP, Christy Clark has now confirmed she will be participating in a public debate with byelection opponents.
On July 4, all eight candidates are invited to discuss key issues in the Westside-Kelowna riding. Liberal Party campaign manager Don MacLachlan says Clark has never dismissed the opportunity for debate.
"She's always been up for one," he says. The reason she couldn't attend a debate in her former Vancouver-Point Grey riding in the last election was because she was "doing a whole lot of touring up and down B.C.," he says.
"It was just a question of timing....It's simply not that easy to get everyone available at the same time, especially if it's the Premier," he says.
Clark is to be joined by NDP candidate Carole Gordon, B.C. Conservatives candidate Sean Upshaw and five others on Thursday July 4th for a two-hour forum hosted by the Kelowna and Westbank Chamber of Commerce. The forum will be moderated by Andrew Glass of CBC Radio.
The debate will take place at 2466 Main Street at the Westbank Lions Community Centre at 6 p.m. and is open to all members of the public.
Invited candidates include:
Jag Bhandari for B.C. Vision Party
Christy Clark for the B.C. Liberal Party
Carole Gordon for the B.C. NDP Party
John Marks, Independent
Silverado Brooks Socrates, Independent
Sean Upshaw for the B.C. Conservative Party
Dayleen Van Ryswyk, Independent
Korry Zepik, Independent
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