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Christy Clark to debate with byelection opponents

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

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.


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