By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Residents will soon get their first debate of the election season.
This Thursday, Sept. 17, candidates from across Durham Region will be coming to Regent Theatre for a debate hosted by The Student Association at Durham College and UOIT, the UOIT Faculty Association, Unifor Local 222 and We Are Oshawa.
The debate, currently scheduled to take place between 6:30 and 10 p.m., will see candidates debate topics such as climate change, First Nations, post-secondary education, national security, poverty and more.
Jessica Verge, the communications and marketing coordinator for the Student Association at Durham College and UOIT, tells The Oshawa Express that thus far, the candidates confirmed to appear are Mary Fowler of the NDP, Tito-Dante Marimpietri of the Liberal Party and Michael Dempsey of the Green Party. Durham riding confirmed to appear are Corinna Traill of the Liberal Party, Stacey Leadbetter of the Green Party and Derek Spence of the NDP.
Verge adds that the two Conservative candidates, Colin Carrie for Oshawa and Erin O’Toole for Durham, declined to attend.