While the federal leaders crisscross the country to drum up support for their parties for the Oct. 21 federal election, local voters will get a chance to hear from local candidates at several events in the coming weeks.
Although no candidates had been officially confirmed as candidates in New Westminster-Burnaby with Elections Canada as of the Record’s deadline, at least six people have indicated they’ll be vying to become the riding’s next member of Parliament: Will Davis – Liberal; Suzanne de Montigny – Green; Hansen Ginn – People’s Party; Peter Julian – NDP (incumbent); Neeraj Murarka – Libertarian; andMegan Veck – Conservative.
Voters will get their first chance to hear from the candidates next week, when the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is holding an all-candidates’ debate. It’s on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Justice Institute, 715 McBride Blvd.
On Oct. 8, the Burnaby Board of Trade is holding a meet and greet for candidates in Burnaby’s three ridings, including New Westminster-Burnaby. It’s on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Firefighters Banquet Hall, 6515 Bonsor Ave.
In an effort to spotlight environmental issues, New Westminster Environmental Partners, Tenth to the Fraser and Babies for Climate Action are hosting a climate change debate. It’s on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 7 p.m. in Massey Theatre’s Plaskett Gallery, 735 Eighth Ave.
The Massey Heights Residents' Association is planning an all-candidates Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 930 Cumberland St. The first hour is a chance for folks to mingle and talk to the candidates, followed by a one-hour roundtable discussion.
Anyone wanting to check if they’re registered, to register to vote or to update their address information can go to www.electionscanada.ca/register or visit the Elections Canada office at 10-620 Royal Ave. or call 1-800-463-6868.