Time to debate

From left, Judith Monteith-Farrell, New Democratic Party; Brandon Postuma, Progressive Conservative, and Bill Mauro, Liberal, take part in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan candidates’ forum.

Candidates for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Thunder Bay-Atikokan squared off at a candidates’ forum hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday.

The debates lasted for an hour each with questions posed by Rosa Carlino of the chamber board and Vic Krasowski, the news director with Acadia Broadcasting.

Candidates in the upcoming provincial election touched on a wide range of topics over the evening with jobs, healthcare and the economy the big issues.

After introductions, Thunder Bay-Superior North candidates were asked to wade in on an aviation fuel tax that is five cents higher in Thunder Bay then in Toronto and up to 10 cents higher in northern communities. In 2014, the Liberal government announced a increase of one per cent a year over four years. Carlino asked Gravelle why hasn’t an aviation fuel tax exemption been implemented.

In response, incumbant Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle said his government has been working hard to support northern Indigenous communities and are working with them on issues such as housing and water supply.

See the full story in the print and digital editions of The Chronicle-Journal.

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