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Essex Election Candidates Square Off At Debate

Wednesday September 30th, 2015, 1:10pm

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Essex federal election candidates Jeff Watson, PC, Audrey Festeryga, LIB, and Tracey Ramsey, NDP, faced each other Wednesday afternoon at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s all candidates debate.

Candidates were first asked where they stand on the agricultural industry. Watson touted the Trans Pacific Partnership and the need for more trade deals in farming. Ramsey said the NDP has a comprehensive farming plan, while Festeryga, who grew up on a family farm, said the Liberals would maintain their stance on supply management.

Candidates were asked if they supported single sports betting: the NDP and Liberals are in favour.

The topic of terrorism came up, and Watson said the best way to tackle terrorism is to confront terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Ramsey said more Canadians seem to be concerned about jobs, but the party would keep Canada safe. Festeryga said the Liberals would have to be calculating and strike a balance with regard to fighting terrorism.

The 30-minute debate concluded and Candidates from Windsor-Tecumseh and Windsor West were up next.

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