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Nelson online election forum to address economic and social issues Sept. 15

Forum hosts are Bob Hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Kim Bater of Nelson at its Best
A person holds an Elections Canada voter information card after receiving it in the mail on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Canadians will go to the polls for the federal election on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and Nelson at its Best will conduct an online public online all-candidates election forum on Sept. 15.

The forum will focus on critical social and economic issues, with the five candidates in attendance expressing their reasons for running, what they and their parties are offering, and answering questions.

The forum will be hosted by Bob Hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Kim Bater of Nelson at its Best.

To help set the stage for each issue being explored with the candidates, there will be a brief overview contributed by a local expert working in that aspect of community life.

“(This is) a great way to let the candidates hear what is important to local people, and where the challenges lie — and for voters to see and hear how the candidates think on their feet,” says George Chandler of the joint organizing group.

“Selected topics will range from childcare to economic development, from Truth and Reconciliation to COVID-19 recovery, from climate change to housing, from the opioid crisis to post-secondary education.”

The candidates running in the federal election in Kootenay-Columbia are Sarah Bennett (People’s Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), incumbent MP Rob Morrison (Conservative), Rana Nelson (Green) and Wayne Stetski (NDP).

The forum will be conducted on Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to For more information, contact, or at 250-352-3433.

Registrants will have the opportunity to submit a written question to the candidates when they register.