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Richmond non-profits challenge candidates on social justice issues

Six candidates responded to questions, but one candidate only directed voters to her party's platform.
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Richmond Centre for Disability was one of the groups compiling social justice questions for federal candidates.

Poverty reduction, medically assisted death, pharmacare and food security were some of the issues raised by a group of Richmond non-profits and posed as questions to candidates in the federal election.

Six out of 10 candidates responded – some with long and complex answers – while one candidate just directed voters to her party’s platform.

The social justice questions were compiled by four local groups - the Richmond Poverty Reduction Coalition (RPRC), the Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), the Kehila Society and the Jewish Seniors Alliance – in anticipation of the Sept. 20 federal election when Richmondites will elect two members of Parliament.

Of the 10 candidates running in Richmond Centre and Steveston-Richmond East, four didn’t respond at all – the two People’s Party of Canada candidates, James Hinton and Jennifer Singh, as well as Liberal candidate Parm Bains and Green candidate Francoise Raunet, who are both running in Steveston-Richmond East.

However, Alice Wong, incumbent Conservative MP for Richmond Centre, didn’t answer any of the questions, rather thanked the organizers for sending the questions and directed voters to her party’s platform.

To see the questions and responses from those candidates who did answer, click here.

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