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Huron-Bruce Liberal Candidate Called a Liar by Audience at Debate

Rowdy audience breathes life into Teeswater all-candidates meeting

Patrick Bales — Shoreline Beacon — June 5, 2014

TEESWATER – Colleen Schenk was facing an uphill battle coming into the Teeswater Community Centre last Tuesday night.

Every time the Liberal candidate tried to answer a question about her party’s green energy polices, angry retorts from the audience at the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture (BCFA) sponsored event overpowered Schenk’s microphone.

The confutations, complete with wisecracks and expletives, were among the loudest responses at the all-candidates meeting, second only to the smattering of applause after every time Progressive Conservative incumbent Lisa Thompson spoke.

Last Tuesday’s meeting was one of two organized by the Bruce and Grey agriculture federations, the first of which featured Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound candidates at the Keady Community Centre May 24.

The two-and-a-half hour debate allowed candidates first to face five predetermined questions asked by the Bruce County federation, followed by 11 audience questions during an approximately 75 minute period.

While agriculture might have been the advertised theme to connect the questions and answers of the candidates, attacking the Liberal party seemed to unite both the candidates on stage and those in the audience.

“People of Huron-Bruce do not want to re-elect the corrupt Liberal Party that wastes billions of dollars on scandals to fix their own political problems,” said NDP candidate Jan Johnstone, during her opening statements, just five minutes into the meeting.

Thompson used the first question posed to the candidates, regarding their parties’ support for bringing natural gas to rural Ontario, to point out inconsistencies between both the local Liberal and NDP candidates and the official positions of their parties.

“Candidates that you consider need to know what they’re talking about, and they need to know if they align with their parties’ values and priorities or if they don’t,” Thompson said. “Just last night, we heard the Liberal candidate in Goderich say she is absolutely against fracking. Yet, tonight, we hear that she is touting natural gas and that it is good news. You can’t be against fracking and in favour of natural gas.”  Continue reading here….

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