ELECTION 2015: First debate scheduled for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo federal candidates

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KAMLOOPS – The first debate of the federal election has been scheduled for the candidates of the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.

Hosted by CBC Radio Kamloops, Kamloops this Week and CFJC-TV, the event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University.

Chris Foulds, editor of Kamloops this Week, says there are still many details as yet undecided. Details are still being worked out but he expects it should start at 7 p.m. and run for two to three hours. Foulds believes Doug Herbert of CBC will be moderating.

All four candidates have agreed to attend including Conservative Cathy McLeod, Green Matt Greenwood, Liberal Steve Powrie and New Democrat Bill Sundhu.

Foulds says the debate will likely be a question and answer format. Each candidate will get an opportunity to introduce themselves, answer three to four questions  from the media, then the remaining questions will be asked from the public.

Each candidate has an opportunity to address a candidate directly. Foulds says in past years candidates received ‘challenge’ cards, where they could respond to a question even if it wasn’t directly put to them.

Foulds expects the details of the debate to be finalized after Labour Day.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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