CARP Hosts Local Regional Candidates Meeting on May 18

Sudbury.com to broadcast the event live, inviting candidates for both Sudbury and Nickel Belt electoral districts holding banners for the Liberal, Progressive Conservative, NDP and Green Party

Candidates from all major regional political parties in the Nickelbilt and Sudbury regions have been invited to a public meeting at the Northbury Hotel on May 18.

Hosted by the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), the event, with members ranging from friendly to seniors, is also expected to attend the Sudbury Council on the Arts and the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance.

Candidates from the Liberal, Progressive Conservative, NDP and Green parties are invited to attend, and the event will begin at 2 p.m.

Sudbury.com will broadcast this event live.

In a media statement issued by CARP, it was noted that candidates will have the opportunity to open closing remarks and answer questions from attendees. Candidates for other parties, although not invited to speak, will have a table of materials, and they can meet those interested.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, as there will be no restrictions. However, epidemic measures will be applied as required and in effect by the hotel at that time.

“There is no shortage of matters that candidates can address,” CARP noted in its statement. “It is expected that the issues of housing, health, the environment, the arts and education, and all regional interests and responsibilities will be of paramount importance.”

Among the invited candidates for the nickel belt are Glenys Babcock (Green), Randy Hazlett (Progressive Conservative), France Gilinas (NDP) and Jill Prolix (Liberal).

Sudbury candidates invited to participate include Jimmy West (NDP), David Robinson (Green), David Farrow (Liberal) and Mark Despati (Progressive Conservative).

All of these candidates were also invited to participate in the May 11 and 12 virtual debates hosted by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, but Babcock, Hazlett and Despatie were not present.

A Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce spokesperson explained to Sudbury.com that both Progressive Conservative candidates had previously indicated they were present, but later withdrew from their participation.

CARP last hosted a meeting of candidates in late August last year ahead of the federal election. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 building was nearly packed at the time, with only a few vacant seats.

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