Blackburn Radio Hosts “Live” Debate

Over 100 people attended CHOK's “live” all candidates meeting for those representing Sarnia-Lambton Riding. May 27, 2014 (Photo by Dave Dentinger)

Candidates in Sarnia-Lambton Riding responded to an array of questions during Blackburn Radio’s “live” all candidates debate Tuesday evening.

Over 100 people attended the forum at the Lambton College Residence & Event Centre on London Rd. which was also broadcast on 103.9FM/1070AM CHOK.

In response to a question posed from the floor, incumbent Progressive Conservative MPP Bob Bailey defended his party’s plan to cut down Ontario’s Full Day Kindergarten Program by requiring one early childhood educator for every 26 children in the classroom.

“If there are administrators, extra principals or vice principals we’re going to look at all of that,” said Bailey.

NDP Candidate Brian White disputed Bailey’s claim.

Liberal Candidate Anne-Marie Gillis also challenged the incumbent on the issue.

Green Party Candidate Kevin Shaw, who told the crowd his youngest child is in a J/K classroom, said he would hate to be that teacher without the help of an education assistant. Libertarian Candidate Andrew Falby was also in attendance.

Questions were also raised about the Liberal government giving preferential treatment to party supporters in the awarding of contracts and funds, ensuring Sarnia-Lambton gets a fair share of  provincial funding, increasing voter turnout and placing a moratorium on the approval of further industrial wind farms.