All six Kootenay-Columbia candidates stood to address the Prince Charles Theatre crowd.

One by one, the candidates spoke to an audience of roughly 120. The respect shown by the audience and candidates was a highlight of the forum. No interruptions or heckling marred the two hour discussion on ideas and policy.

Two minutes were given for each question and each candidate also had two 30 second rebuttals to use at any time.

Creston Valley Advance Publisher Brian Lawrence co-moderated the event with Juice FM reporter Jensen Shields. The duty of time keeper was filled by none other than Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce Manager Vern Gorham and his daughter. The Chamber also sponsored and helped organize the All Candidates Forum.

All of the questions came from Creston Valley locals. The questions were then shortened and streamlined so that all  candidates would have an opportunity to give an answer.

Below is the breakdown of the questions and responses from each of the candidates. The order of who would speak first shifted after each round.

 

Introductions

 

Abra Brynne, Green Party

 

Robyn Goldsbury, Liberal Party

 

Trev Miller, Animal Protection party

 

Rob Morrison, Conservative Party

 

Wayne Stetski, NDP

 

Rick Stewart, PPC

 

 

Question 1: If your plan is to divert taxes, raise them or lower them, how will your party ensure the security of senior citizens? Will they be protected?

 

Goldsbury

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Question 2: Please discuss you party’s last four years of actions in response to the climate change emergency and your party’s commitment in order to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stestki

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

Question 3: Do you see the 2008 BC Liberal Carbon Tax as a success? Also, do you think it’s fair the a Federal Carbon Tax has been imposed on the provinces not already observing a carbon tax?

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

Stewart rebuttal

 

Stetski rebuttal

 

Goldsbury rebuttal

 

Miller

 

 

Question 4: What will your government do to either protect or eliminate supply management for dairy farmers?

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

Miller

 

Stewart rebuttal

 

Morrison

 

 

 

Question 5: Do you and your party support universal pharma-care for all Canadians? If not, what is your party’s proposal to help Canadians deal with the increasing cost of medical prescriptions?

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Question 6: Would you support the creation of a Crown Corporation, similar to Columbia Basin Trust,  for Western Canada from the revenues of a nationally owned Trans Mountain Pipeline?

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

 

Question 7: How will you support small business in Kootenay-Columbia?

 

Goldsbury

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

 

Final statements

 

Miller

 

Morrison

 

Stetski

 

Stewart

 

Brynne

 

Goldsbury

 

This was the final forum for all of the Kootenay-Columbia Candidates.  94.1 Juice FM and the MyCrestonNow.com newsroom will be covering the October 21 federal election live. Coverage will include results as they come in from across the country and a breakdown on which scenarios may play out if there is a chance of a minority government.

 

 

Below is the video footage freely given and produced by Artistic Media Productions.