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2014-06-05 at 13:21

Final showdown

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Five of the six candidates from major parties running to represent Thunder Bay’s two provincial ridings will square off in the final candidates forum of this provincial election tonight.

The reception for the debate begins at 5 p.m. at the Fort William Historical Park and the debate is set to start at 6:15 p.m.

You can follow tbnewswatch.com reporter Matt Vis as the debate unfolds via Twitter. Even if you don’t have Twitter, see the tweets as their posted in the widget below.

Confirmed candidates for this debate include:
Thunder Bay-Atikokan

  • Bill Mauro, Liberal
  • Harold Wilson, Progressive Conservative

Thunder Bay-Superior North

  • Andrew Foulds, NDP
  • Derek Parks, Progressive Conservative
  • Michael Gravelle, Liberal


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yqtyqt says:
Ok Lori
6/9/2014 4:41:52 PM
hotchoc says:
yes J. Northey, the NDP candidate did not want to go to Atikokan. That is two debates she has avoided.

it does not take a genius to understand why. They want to keep her in the background and hope that their leader can pull this seat for their party. It is troubling to think that any candidate can be so ill-prepared to take office.

Watching her be interviewed or during debates is quite an eye-opener.

She is certainly not ready for Prime Time.
6/8/2014 9:59:38 AM
Murphy says:
It seems that all you go YQTYQT is take PC commercials and recite them on here...never anything positive and always the same degrading terms to working people That for some reason you think deserve to lose their jobs.
I've said it many times and I will say it again you are blinded by your anger...
Life is not that bad in Ontario...but I can assure you if the PCs get in it will be Harris reborn and you will see what bad is...again! Then when the liberals try to fix it you will scrutinize them for PC failures.
The PCs have some ideas that could work but hacking and slashing working citizens is wrong...painting all public servants as lazy like you do is wrong...Especially when you don't have a clue! Right to work is wrong..yes I know he "says" he won't touch the Rand formula but it's PCs they are out for the business's to get richer not the worker!
Try a different approach maybe someone will value your opinion and you'll get farther with your rants.
6/7/2014 7:52:47 AM
yqtyqt says:
I'll repeat my background to you Murphy. I've worked in government finance for decades. I live and have worked in Thunder Bay in for most of my adult life. I'm semi retired with children and grandchildren. I work and travel in Southern Ontario as a government contractor and talk to citizens throughout the province on a continual basis. I hear what citizens and finance people are saying about the fiscal mess Ontario has become. By every educated and professional assessment, Ontario is in trouble. The bond/credit agencies are waiting for any positive outcome on June 12th. the cost of borrowing (and debt interest) is at stake. Commercial/business leaders are waiting to invest in Ontario if the climate changes.

Life is that bad in Ontario if you consider that it is propped up by 300,000 civil servant jobs to sugar coat employment stats.

In my opinion, as a longtime civil servant, we have far too many government employees, doing who knows what. You have to live amongst them to truly know.
6/9/2014 3:17:18 PM
pylon says:
If you are in fact unhappy with every selection you can refuse your ballot.

Show up at the polling station, register and refuse to fill the ballot, this is counted separately from a spoiled ballot.
6/5/2014 10:12:51 PM
j_northey says:
As the Green Party candidate, a party running in all 107 ridings which earned over 100,000 votes last election in Ontario and has 2 federal MP's including one in Thunder Bay-Superior North, I found it very frustrating to be told to be allowed in the door I'd have to pay, and that even then I would not be allowed to be part of the debate in any way, shape or form.

As to 'only those who could win', the PC candidate in my riding (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) has virtually no chance of winning as we all know, dancing around the 20% mark every election. Plus, last I checked, it is up to voters, not the Chamber of Commerce, to decide who wins and loses.

There are, as far as I know, 5 debates for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. I was invited to 3 with the CBC and Chamber of Commerce being the only ones to say no. There was a 6th I was invited to in Atikokan but one of the "big 3" couldn't agree on a date for it thus it was cancelled.

Voters deserve to hear what their candidates stand for.
6/5/2014 9:24:14 PM
Hockey fan says:
To yqtyqt - you might be deemed credible if you didn't always use derogatory language and insults to try and make one of your dismal points. Why don't you start focusing on what our liberal MPP's have brought to this region. You honestly can't argue the facts. Give credit where credit is due.
6/5/2014 8:12:13 PM
yqtyqt says:
If pointing out the fiscal mess that Ontario has sunk into is a dismal point in your opinion, then I think you need to do some reading to understand the facts. Credibility starts with stating the obvious and accepting the truth. Hockey fan, if that is too much for you, then vote which ever way you want.
6/6/2014 10:57:34 AM
Kam River says:
Notice that the pictures of all males, I will be interesting when Tamara Johnson get elected and the Liberals and the PC are in a dead tie She could be the king makers.
Thunder Bay Superior North will finally have someone who will stand up for the citizen of our ridding rather than be a yes person of Dalton McGuinty, one and two
6/5/2014 5:27:32 PM
lori says:
YQTYQT, why don't you put up and run against these guys. How great to sit behind a computer screen and pretend to be relevant. Why is it a gas plant scandal because the Liberals did what they said they would, move the plants but it was okay for Timmy and Andrea to make the same promise. And bent hockey sticks.

That's the level of your knowledge and the evidence of your bias.

The city did that. Wake up already.
6/5/2014 5:19:18 PM
OilSandsMan says:
I noticed this article contains the "major parties" clause. So when a party is running candidates in the majority of ridings across Ontario....is that not major ? I would love to hear the definition of major parties !
6/5/2014 2:50:53 PM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:
A presence in the legislature. At least one of these clowns has a chance to waste my tax dollars. Why would I want to hear how the others would waste my taxes when they won't be the ones doing the wasting? It's a waste of my time to hear about the wasteful policies of ten instead of five!
6/5/2014 4:16:45 PM
yqtyqt says:
What more is there to say that two of these clowns (the ones on the right side of the screen) have been part of the governing party for 11 years. If you want the definition of wasting why not ask them about Ornge, Gas plant scandals, ehealth, the upcoming games in Toronto & Hamilton. Why not ask them about the taxpayer funded investments in their friends Buchanen/Friscot. Why not inquire about global sticks. Why not ask them how many tourists the bent hockey poles on the waterfront attracted. The list goes on & on.

Ask these two clowns what direction hydro rates are headed. What direction the bloated bureaucracy is going. What direction the debt is headed. How many years it will take to pay off the massive provincial debt.

Ask them lots of questions.
6/5/2014 4:40:32 PM
OilSandsMan says:
Were all the candidates asked to attend from all parties ? I suspect that they weren't ! No wonder Thunder Bay media has a repuatation of being biased and amateur. You fail to even mention the other candidates in this article ! At least the Lakehead University Students Union respected democracy enough to invite ALL candidates. When you fail to invite all to participate...it's not a slap in the face to the candidates....it's a kick in the groin to voters !
6/5/2014 2:33:19 PM
rob20 says:
Why AGAIN was Tamara Johnson not invited to this debate?

Is this how elections work in the city? Only preferred candidates get invited?
6/5/2014 2:26:13 PM
TBDR says:
probably because she's a fringe candidate? She'll finish behind the greens
6/5/2014 3:43:14 PM
Heinicke says:
How do you know if she was invited, and why don't you join her campaign if she is so mismanaged she can't even get her debate dates right?
She made a lot of excuses about not being invited to the lusu debate with the is up with her representative for the party and it showed how disorganized her campaign is.
6/6/2014 6:38:57 PM
mikethunderbay says:
I trust we will be given a reason for Kozorys' absence?? My guess is the ndp don't want her in the debate because her answers are generally less than 10 seconds and people realize she just doesn't know her stuff.
6/5/2014 2:17:22 PM
Shane Caker says:
I heard on the radio this morning that her elderly father was taken to emergency with serious health issues last evening, I believe.
6/5/2014 7:58:31 PM
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