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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Editorial: Tune in to your debate nights

Richard Harley
Kevin MacLean

It’s a flash election in the midst of an ever-changing, ongoing global pandemic.

Yes, few people other than the prime minister really wanted a federal vote this fall and no doubt that will affect the way some voters choose to cast their ballots. That’s democracy.

But we urge all eligible voters to invest some time in determining who most reflects their beliefs, and expectations.

Do a bit of research and explore the platforms of the individual candidates in our riding of Niagara Falls, which also includes Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

Read The Lake Report’s coverage last week, this week and next to learn more about where the candidates stand on local and national issues.

And attend or tune in to the various all-candidate debates that have been organized to help voters find out more about each of the riding’s hopefuls.

As a story on Page 3 of this week’s edition reminds, The Lake Report is hosting a debate night on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Ravine Winery, with a limited “live” audience of about 150 people.

The event also will be live streamed on our YouTube channel, “The Lake Report Newspaper.” As well, a recording of the evening’s proceedings will be archived on YouTube for anyone who can’t tune in that night.

We are looking forward to hearing what our riding’s candidates have to say in response to questions we have collected from the community and various organizations in NOTL.

While ours is the first local debate of this election, there are others as well.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding its own online debate on Wednesday, Sept. 8, in conjunction with the chambers in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie chambers.

It will focus on reopening the Canada-U.S. border, the tourism industry and how businesses have been affected by COVID-19.

As well, Cogeco YourTV Channel 700 plans a debate on Sept. 9.

That means there are plenty of opportunities for voters to figure out which candidate or party resonates with them. Please take the time to cast an informed vote.