There will be no debate leading up to the Arthur-Virden byelection.
Virden Chamber of Commerce manager Felicity Scott said due to the short timeline, they decided to scrap the event.
“It was such short notice to put it together,” Scott said. “We just felt it would be best not to go ahead with it … Everything wasn’t working out, so we just kind of kiboshed it.”
Arthur-Virden residents go to the polls on Jan. 28. Eligible voters may vote in advance beginning today until Jan. 25.
Candidates are vying to fill the seat left vacant by former Progressive Conservative MLALarry Maguire, who resigned to become the MPfor BrandonSouris.
Liberal candidate Floyd Buhler said he’s disappointed they will not be given the opportunity to debate.
“I was quite excited about being able to have that forum,” he said.
“It was going to be a good opportunity for the candidates to show what kind of representation they were going to give to their constituents.”
Buhler said the chamber suggested Jan. 20 or 24 for a debate, and was later told one of the candidates (PC Doyle Piwniuk) was not able to attend.
“It’s not that it’s too tight of a schedule by any means, and I would think as a candidate this is your opportunity to go in front of people, and whatever you have on your agenda, this is probably taking precedent,” he said. “It would for me, anyway.”
NDP candidate Bob Senff was also disappointed to hear there would be no debate.
“Not that necessarily we would have a huge audience or whatever, but for all candidates to actually have an opportunity to speak is really important,” he said.
Piwniuk could not be reached for comment. However, he told a local radio station earlier this week that he only turned down one of the dates, Jan. 20, due to provincial Tory Leader Brian Pallister coming in to help his campaign.
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