Bruce-Grey Owen Sound candidates debate in Keady Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (photo by Kirk Scott)

Agricultural issues discussed at Bruce-Grey Owen Sound candidates debate

There were plenty of promises for the farming community in a debate by federal candidates in the Bruce Grey Owen Sound riding Tuesday night.

Five candidates took part in the event in Keady put on by the Bruce and Grey Federations of Agriculture.

Liberal Michael Den Tandt, Conservative Alex Ruff, the NDP’s Chris Stephen, Bill Townsend for the Peoples’ Party of Canada and the Green’s Danielle Valiquette focused on five main issues — rural economic investment, high-speed internet service, affordable energy, transportation infrastructure, and international trade disputes.

Moderator Hugh Simpson said he was satisfied with the result.

“There was a great turnout, they were all prepared. Clearly they’re committed and all very willing, and very respectful. Nobody was stepping on anybody’s toes. There was no difficulty,” said Simpson.

Grey Federation of Agriculture President Hugh Simpson. (Kirk Scott photo)

He added, from what he heard, this riding is up for grabs.

“There’s an engagement this time which feels a little different for me. I do actually think that there’s something in play here. I do actually feel like it’s not a walk in the park for anybody.”

The debate at the Keady Community Centre attracted about 150 people.