We hosted a Waterloo riding all-candidates debate on higher education on May 16

Laurier and the community welcomed the Waterloo riding’s 4-major party candidates to Lazaridis Hall on Wednesday, May 16 for a well-attended debate.

The topic of this particular debate was higher education. The candidates were asked 4 questions about their parties proposed visions for post-secondary education/post-secondary institutions in Ontario. From left to right in the above image, you can see at the candidates’ table: Zdravko Gunjevic representing the Green Party of Ontario; Dorothy McCabe representing the Ontario Liberal Party; Dan Weber representing the PC Party of Ontario; and the current incumbent, Catherine Fife representing the Ontario NDP/NPD. The candidates were given 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their interests, they each then had 2 minutes to answer each question with a further minute each for rebuttal after all 4 had responded.

Thanks go out to the following groups for organising this very interesting candidates’ debate: Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI), Conestoga Faculty (OPSEU/CAAT (A) Local 237), Conestoga Staff (OPSEU Local 238), Federation of Students (Feds), University of Waterloo Graduate Students Association (GSA), University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA), Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW), Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU), Wilfrid Laurier Graduate Student Association (WLUGSA), Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA), Wilfrid Laurier University Staff Association (WLUSA), and Laurier Managerial Group (LMG). Thanks also to the 4 candidates who participated in the debate, our moderator Craig Norris of CBC one, all of the volunteers who worked the event and Robert Gordon for opening the debate.

If you missed the debate or weren’t able to stay for the whole thing, remember, you can view the full platforms (where available) of each of the 4 major Ontario political parties by visiting the following links:

Green Party of Ontario
Ontario Liberal Party
Ontario NDP/NPD
PC Party of Ontario

And also, thanks to the UW Federation of Students you can now read a great write-up of the debate which can be found here: Candidate’s Debate: Post-secondary Education as a Provincial Priority. WLUSU also graciously uploaded a video of the entire debate to Facebook which can be found by viewed the following link: https://www.facebook.com/LaurierStudentsUnion/videos/10155453707063309/ (turn your sound all the way up though it’s not very loud)

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