All-candidates meetings begin in Huron Bruce
by Sandy Lindsay
September 16, 2015
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(L-R) Gerard Creces (NDP), Ben Lobb(Conservative), Juttta Splettstoesser (Green Party)
and Allan Thompson (Liberal)
The Underwood Community Centre was filled to capacity on Monday evening, September 15th, for the first Huron Bruce Federal All-candidates meeting.
It might well have been the most 'civil' of all candidate meetings as each of the candidates laid out their party platforms and their own reasons for running in the upcoming Federal election.
The Candidates, Gerard Creces (NDP), incumbent Ben Lobb (Conservative), Jutta Splettsteosser (Green Party) and Allan Thompson (Liberal), also fielded some tough questions from the audience.
Glen Sutton of Kincardine asked each of the candidates to respond to their stand on nuclear power and the proposed deep geologic repository for low and intermediate level waste.
The Green Party's Splettsteosser said that the there are a lot of high costs association with nuclear power. "There is no doubt the Green Party would rather see renewable energy sources. We understand however, that it is an important industry and that the decommissioning process and nuclear waste research will keep people employed."
Creces of the NDP said that, as a candidate, he supports nuclear power. "If we can do R & D here at home and be on the front line of processing waste, then we need to go for it."
Incumbent Conservative Ben Lobb said that he is a big supporter of nuclear power. "If it weren't for Bruce Power, this province would be in trouble. There is great innovative work regarding the provincial grid and, when it comes to adaptive phase management of fuel, there is room for other concepts. We are a country of innovators and, it would be great to do R&D in our own backyard."
Allan Thompson stated that the Liberals are "... clearly the party that supports nuclear. In face, we were instrumental in the development of the CANDU and nuclear power and it is the backbone of energy today. There are also ambiguities in the other parties. The NDP have taken the position of being against nuclear power, the P.C. parts actually dismantled AECL and sold CANDU technology at a basement price and, of course, the Green Party has been very clear. Let me make this crystal clear, we [liberals] are 100 per cent in support of nuclear power."
Another difficult question asked the
candidates what was their party philosophy on the 'right to die' or
'right to die with dignity'.
"This is a very difficult topic," said Lobb,
"and each family sees it differently. We need to recognize the
need for palliative care and it is the failure of the province.
There is also the caregiver and our party has extended caregiver
leave to six months and the CPP disability has been significantly
When the question was raised regarding
immigration and refugees and Aboriginal peoples, each candidate had
a different take.
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