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Richmond News plans all-candidates debates via Zoom

Debates won't be livestreamed but they will be recorded and posted online.
The News hosted all-candidates meeting during the provincial election, and is planning two for this federal election as well.

The Richmond News will host two all-candidates meetings on Zoom - one for Richmond Centre and one for Steveston-Richmond East.

There are five candidates in each riding – representing the Liberals, the Conservatives, NDP, Greens and the People’s Party of Canada (PPC). Nine out of 10 candidates have confirmed their attendance so far.

In the 2020 provincial election, the News hosted four all-candidates debates (one for each riding) via Zoom as no live all-candidates events were being organized in Richmond because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the pandemic still on-going, the News felt a Zoom format would give voters the chance to get to know the candidates and learn about how they stand on key issues.

The News will allow the candidates to introduce themselves and then they will be asked questions on four topics – housing, government response to COVID-19, climate change and the economy.

The News will also give them the opportunity to respond to comments made by other candidates – they are encouraged to answer the questions with a focus on Richmond and issues facing their ridings.

Richmond Centre candidates will take part in a debate on Thursday, Sept. 9 and the Steveston-Richmond East debate is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13.

The debates will not be livestreamed, but they will be recorded and posted at a few hours later.