Sudbury.com livestreamed the 2019 Federal Election event at Collège Boréal this evening.
Organized and hosted by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, five of the candidates running in the Sudbury riding were in attendance: Green party candidate Bill Crumplin, NDP candidate Beth Mairs, People's Party of Canada candidate Sean Paterson, Conservative Party of Canada candidate Pierre St. Amant and incumbent Liberal candidate Paul Lefebvre.
This election, the chamber opted only to invite candidates from the four main parties, as well as from the People's Party of Canada. Animal Protection Party of Canada candidate Chanel Lalonde was not invited, nor were independent candidates Charlene Sylvestre and J. David Popescu.
Popescu is a perennial candidate in Sudbury elections, running municipally, provincially and federally for more than two decades to provide him a platform to push his extreme interpretation of Christianity. This is the first time he has not been invited to the Chamber of Commerce debate.
The chamber debates are often the main forum for contenders to stake out their positions on a wide range of topics.