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Pandemic-friendly all candidates debate set for Vernon-Monashee

September 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM

While no one will be able to physically show up, and so far only one candidate has put their name in the hat, the upcoming provincial election will not be without an all candidates debate.

Hours after B.C. Premier John Horgan declared the snap election, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce announced a virtual all-candidates debate for the Vernon-Monashee riding.

Cheers and heckles will be confined to the living room but an all-candidates forum is scheduled to take place via Zoom, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

"The chamber has a long history of hosting all-candidate forums and we believe it is particularly important for local voters to hear the vision of the candidates and the parties as our community, families and economy navigate the pandemic," Greater Vernon Chamber president Krystin Kempton said in a media release. "The chamber’s membership consists of businesses of all sizes, as well as non-profit organizations, and they will closely follow the policy platforms and determine which one best addresses the current challenges and the steps towards recovery."

Currently incumbent Liberal MLA Eric Foster is the only candidate vying for the Vernon-Monashee seat. First elected in 2013, the former Lumby councillor and mayor was reelected in 2017 with 48 per cent of the vote, with the NDP coming second with 29 per cent.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will announce the details of how to register for the forum in the near future.

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