Updated: Richmond residents invited to query candidates

With the federal election campaign officially underway, local groups are organizing all-candidates meetings for voters to learn about who is running and what they stand for.

Three dates have been announced for Richmond all-candidates meetings: Sept. 30, Oct. 3 and Oct. 8. 

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The first all-candidates meeting, with a focus on trade and economics and hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, will feature candidates from both Richmond Centre and Steveston-Richmond East.

Moderators are broadcaster Jody Vance and KPU political science instructor Greg Millard. The event takes place at the Gaming Stadium, 4211 No. 3 Rd. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, go to RichmondChamber.ca/events.

Richmond News’ editor Eve Edmonds will moderate two of the debates, on Oct. 3 at South Arm United Church, and on Oct. 8 at the Minoru Centre for Active Living.

The Oct. 3 meeting runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is hosted by the Richmond chapter of the Canadian Association for Retired Persons, with topics such as health care, financial security, safety and abuse prevention and caregiving.

The Oct. 8 meeting, running from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is hosted by the Richmond Centre for Disability, Richmond Poverty Response Committee and the Jewish Seniors Alliance. The theme will be social justice.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the election on Wednesday.

This week the Liberal and Conservative candidates for Steveston-Richmond East, Joe Peschisolido and Kenny Chiu, will both open their campaign offices.

Richmond Centre Conservative MP Alice Wong, vying for re-election, opened her campaign office a few weeks ago.

Look for the Federal Election 2019 tab at Richmond-News.com for coverage of the Oct. 21 election.

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