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NEWS: Surrey-Langley-White Rock chapter all-candidates debate

The Surrey Leader reports, “Mud-slinging, comic relief, eye-rolling groans and enthusiastic applause – attendees of the all-candidates’ forum at First United Church got the full spectrum Tuesday. …As the nine contenders for the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale seat shared opinions and promises on issues ranging from support for seniors to banning oil tankers to compassion for women facing an unexpected pregnancy, citizens were quick to voice their thoughts on the candidates’ views.”

“The forum, hosted by the Surrey-Langley-White Rock chapter of the Council of Canadians, drew about 250 people to First United Church, where individual candidates had two minutes to answer each of four questions posed by the council, as well as one minute on each of four questions drawn from those submitted by attendees.”

“(Conservative MP and candidate Russ) Hiebert – who boycotted the Council of Canadians’ 2008 all-candidates meeting, reasoning the group was anti-Conservative – countered accusations (from the other candidates) with highlights of the Conservative’s ‘solid track record’…”

“Regarding the right to water, (Independent candidate David) Hawkins disputed it is an issue. ‘It’s a totally mythical problem’, he said, of comments Canada’s water supply is limited. ‘We’ve got more water in Canada than we know what to do with.’ Hawkins said he is more concerned with the lack of information on what is in the water supply. Green party candidate Larry Colero said necessities of life ‘must be treated as a right and it should not be privatized.’ He said the Greens would give immediate notice they want to renegotiate the NAFTA agreement.”

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