By Greg Bennett
Less than 50 people came out for a debate on Tuesday night, Oct. 1 between the Argyle-Barrington candidates.
With less than a week to go before the vote, the debate, held at the Barrington Municipal High School saw the three candidates, Chris d’Entremont, PC, Kenn Baynton, NDP and Kent Blades, Liberal, often choose their words carefully.
They answered a series of questions on topics ranging from tourism and education to MLA expenses and roads. There were few, if any fireworks, as on many issues the three candidates appeared to generally agree.
Moderated by Joan Bower, the event saw candidates answer selected questions for more than an hour. Audience members were then invited to pose questions.
As debates go, this was a tame one.
“I miss the days when debates had passion,” offered one debate attendee as she walked out of the event, who noted that the candidates needed to show they were committed to solving issues like the lack of family doctors in the area.
The only exception to the calm tone of the meeting was an impassioned defence of the province’s health care system by candidate Chris d’Entremont.
This was the second debate for Argyle-Barrington provincial candidates.
At a similar forum held in Tusket on Thursday, Sept. 26, electoral boundaries, the economy, tourism and the former regional development authority were among the topics discussed.
Those same topics and more were revisited at the second debate held at the Barrington Municipal High School.