Thunder Bay-Rainy River Candidates Joust at Chamber of Commerce Debate


THUNDER BAY – POLITICS 2.0 – Candidates running in the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding came together at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum at Confederation College on October 9th, 2019 at Confederation College.

Andrew Hartnell – People’s Party of Canada
Marcus Powlowski – Liberal Party of Canada
Amanda Moddejonge – Green Party of Canada
Yuk-Sem Won – New Democratic Party
Linda Rydholm – Conservative Party of Canada

Topics that came up included boil-water orders in Indigenous communities, climate change, and economic efforts to improve the region. New Democrat candidate Yuk-Sem Won stated that the issue of all of the boil water advisories across Canada demonstrate what happens when the government sees big corporations as more important than people.

Conservative candidate Linda Rydholm raised the impact that the “Liberal Carbon Tax” is having on families and businesses.

Amanda Moddejonge who is running for the Green Party says that what is needed is for Canada to adhere to the Treaty Agreements with Indigenous people in Canada.

People’s Party of Canada candidate Andrew Hartnell stated that he became interested in the PPC because he sees that things going the way they are isn’t helping to make our region and country a better place. Hartnell who is a town council member in Rainy River stated that “I don’t have cheat sheets and notes”, but said he hopes people will look past what he said has been the “bad media” that the PPC receives.

Liberal Party candidate Marcus Powlowski on the water issues for First Nations said that the Liberals are working to correct the problem and that they will have the problem solved by 2024.


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