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Ontario Liberal leadership debate set for Jan. 30

Candidates vying to lead party will face off in Sudbury 
Candidates to become the next leader of Ontario's Liberal Party will be at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street in Sudbury on Jan. 30 for a debate focused on issues in Northern Ontario. (File)

After being postponed earlier this month because of bad weather, candidates to become the next leader of Ontario's Liberal Party will be in town for a debate Jan. 30.

It will be the fourth debate for the leadership hopefuls, who include Michael Coteau, Steven Del Duca, Kate Graham, Brenda Hollingsworth, Mitzie Hunter and Alvin Tedjo. Del Duca has the support of former Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci.

“This event will offer each candidate an opportunity to share their vision for the future of our province and to outline their plan to get there,” the party said in a news release.

At the debate, each candidate will respond to questions from party members collected beforehand, particularly as they relate to Northern Ontario. 

“Following the formal program, there will be an opportunity for one-on-one media availabilities at the discretion of each leadership campaign,” the release said. 

The debate will be moderated by Glenn Thibeault, former NDP MP and Liberal MPP for Sudbury, who was Energy Minister during the government of former Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The debate takes place at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street. Registration opens at 6 p.m. and the formal program will begin at 7 p.m. 

Following the Sudbury debate, leadership candidates will meet three more times before the leadership convention on March 6-7:

  • Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.: Markham Leadership Debate, Cornell Community Centre. 
  • Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.: TVO Debate 
  • Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.: Toronto Leadership Debate, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W.