The four provincial candidates in the Bruce-Grey Owen Sound riding on stage in Hanover Monday, May 14, 2018. From Left: Francesca Dobbyn, Elizabeth Marshall, Karen Gventer, Bill Walker. (Photo by Kirk Scott)

Youth Issues Highlight Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Candidates Meeting In Hanover

Issues related to young people were the focus of a Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound all candidates meeting in Hanover Monday evening.

Incumbent Progressive Conservative Bill Walker, Francesca Dobbyn of the Liberals, the NDP’s Karen Gventer, and Trillium Party candidate Elizabeth Marshall fielded questions and comments.

The evening was organized by the Launchpad Youth Activity Centre in Hanover.

Three main topics were covered — mental health services in schools, affordable housing, and youth unemployment.

Organizer James Stocovaz felt the evening was a success.

“Listening to all these candidates speak, talking about what they would do fix certain issues, listening to their responses to the questions that they were asked, really helped me learn what type of party I might think about and what I might vote for,” says Stocovaz.

Local resident Chad Richards found the evening valuable and says young people are tired of the status quo.

“We’re sick of seeing a lack of support, a lack of direction that supports where I want to go and how do we fix that,” he says.

One of the bigger Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound all candidates meetings is Tuesday evening in Owen Sound, organized by the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce.  That’s at the Lumley Bayshore starting at 7pm.