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Niagara West-Glanbrook candidates fail to show for cable debate

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak avoided another debate, but this time he had company.

Hudak, the Niagara West-Glanbrook Tory MPP was a no-show at the Cable 14 debate taping May 28.

At the time Hudak was at the Hamilton Spectator talking with reporters, a short distance from the Cable 14 location on Dundurn Street. During the day he was in the Niagara region campaigning before travelling to Hamilton.

When asked about missing the television debate, which is rebroadcast until the June 12 provincial election in an interview, Hudak apologized and said most people already know what he stands for including creating jobs, cutting taxes and lowering hydro rates.

Hudak didn’t participate May 26 inThunder Bayto debate northern issues with Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

Hudak also missed the 2011 Cable 14 debate. But his competitors did show up to talk about the issues without him.

This year Cable 14 officials were surprised to discover that no candidate running in the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding showed up for the debate. A few candidates, including Basia Krzyzanowski of the Green Party told Cable 14 organizers she didn’t want to take part. Cable officials even reminded them that they would share the televised debate show with TV Cogeco, the cable station in the Niagara Region.

Also running to try and unseat Hudak are Stefanos Karatopis of the Libertarian Party, Brian McCormack of the NDP, the Liberal’s David Mossey, and Geoff Peacock of the Freedom Party.

For more information on the televised debates, check out www.cable14.com.

 

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