The first debate in Nipissing-Temiskaming this federal election season was dominated by two topics.

The debate presented by The Retired Teachers of Ontario, Nipissing University Student Union and Canadore Students’ Council was held at Nipissing University on Wednesday.

Director of Communications at NUSU Sarah McGowan on the main issues.

“Students are concerned about the environment and what will happen to them after they graduate in terms of a sustainable and green economy,” she says.

The Retired Teachers of Ontario is represented by Sharon Walker.

She says students are looking for solutions on the climate change issue.

“They want to hear what the politicians are going to do about climate change. Not that there is climate change or it’s too expensive to deal with but what are they going to do,” Walker says.

Student Dan Goulard told BayToday he’ll be graduating after this school year and jobs are key.

“I want to be able to make sure for myself and students that come after me that there will be jobs to work in the city and to be able to contribute to the economy,” he says.

Goulard says he’s still not sure who he’s voting for while fellow student Braden Kotyk says the debate solidified where his vote will go.

Kotyk says climate change is the number one issue.

“Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations and brought forward so very valid points. It’s important Canada takes a role on the world stage and pushes for a cleaner environment and a better climate,” Kotyk says.

Tables were also set up at the debate where candidates could highlight policies and answer questions.

(photo by station staff)


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