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Chamber hosting Simcoe North all-candidates meeting May 19

Chamber holding the event 'primarily as an opportunity ... to address the concerns of the business community and issues related to the (chamber’s) advocacy work'
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Audience members applaud during a Simcoe North all-candidates meeting at the Orillia City Centre in this file photo. | Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters

An all-candidates meeting for those running in the provincial election in Simcoe North will take place in Orillia on May 19.

The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event, which will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Orillia City Centre. It will also be televised on Rogers TV.

Candidates of registered parties running in this riding are being invited to the meeting, which will be moderated by local attorney and chamber member Fay McFarlane.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

The chamber stated in a news release it will “ensure a format that is fair to all concerned by maintaining a zero-tolerance policy for any behaviour or commentary that is not in compliance with the rules of the debate.”

Each candidate will provide a brief introduction before responding to questions prepared by the chamber based on input from its members. Members of the media and the public will then have a chance to ask questions.

Candidates will also be given space in the foyer to set up with campaign material.

The chamber is holding the event “primarily as an opportunity for local candidates to address the concerns of the business community and issues related to the (chamber’s) advocacy work.”

Recent advocacy work includes a focus on a new hospital, infrastructure, internet, and highways.

“Specific issues related to these four key priorities include planning for a new hospital in Orillia, highway improvements to better connect our region with southwest Ontario and the U.S.A. border as well as reduce congestion along routes to the GTA, and reviewing provincial legislation to support local economic development and housing strategies,” the release stated.

Simcoe North candidates of registered parties are asked to email info@orillia.com or call the chamber at 705-326-4424 to provide their contact information. They will then be given more details about the event.