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Chelsey Fuller played the role of Huron-Bruce NDP candidate Jan Johnstone at the HHPS debate. (Barb McKay photo)
The debate focused mainly on health care, education, taxes and the environment and the students demonstrated that they had done their research on the party platforms. But, they weren’t afraid to add in their own ideas and opinions, or throw pot shots at their opponents.
James Adams, as Tory leader Tim Hudak, said he would create one million new jobs in the skilled trade fields to take pressure off the welfare system.
“This is much better than sitting on your butt and being paid,” he said.
“We care about the people of
Julia Hallam, as Huron-Bruce Liberal candidate Colleen Schenk, said the opposing parties have “radical schemes and reckless plans.” She said the Liberals plan to invest in new technology and environmental and economical initiatives, including water protection, farmland preservation and green space preservation. She also pledged to create more trail systems throughout the province.
The student Liberals accused the opposition of harming the public sector through the job cuts plan, but
“Did you not realize that there was an error with your math calculation?” asked Corbin Gilmour, who portrayed Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne. “You aren’t creating one million jobs.”
“You need four trained employees just to train one employee,” Kady Rice, as Huron-Bruce candidate Lisa Thompson, added. “How is that realistic? We need job training that is one on one.”
The focus turned to health care and the NDPs pledged more funding for mental health services. They also laid out a plan to preserve public health care.
“We have a practical plan for public health care, not private, because at the end of the day the people of
Julia McGregor, as local Green Party candidate Adam Werstine, said the province needs to focus on illness prevention.
“A penny paid to prevent illness today is a dollar saved tomorrow,” she said.
The candidates debated briefly about energy and how to encourage residents to use energy more efficiently. The Tories took a shot at the Green Energy Act and wind turbines.
“We have Bruce Power, so they (turbines) are a waste of time,” said Rice (Thompson).
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