Online debate proves popular with area youth

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Voter turnout, child care and access to emergency services were some of the topics the younger generation presented to local federal election candidates during a debate in Truro Tuesday night.

The Colchester/Truro Next Generation group hosted a debate Tuesday night at the Nova Scotia Community College in Truro with all of the local election candidates. About 20 questions were sent to the candidates online. Some of the concerns brought forward by younger voters included how to engage younger Canadians in the voting process and reasons voters should support a local candidate if they do not support the representative of the national party.

Also asked was how candidates would react if they were told to vote along the party lines even if the issue opposed the view of their constituents.

Replies by all the candidates can be heard on YouTube. About 200 people watched the debate but for those who missed it, the event will soon be posted, probably by the weekend, on YouTube through the group's website (www.colchesternext.webs.com).

"The debate was very important because it allowed people to ask questions they may not have had the confidence to ask otherwise," said Quinn McCarthy, the group's co-ordinator and debate moderator.

"What this shows is that the next generation is looking for an avenue to have their issues addressed."

A number of questions submitted for the debate were not answered due to time constraints. All questions will appear on YouTube, including how to deal with trains that cut off east Truro and Salmon River from emergency services and how to assist families with child care.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College

Geographic location: TRURO, Salmon River

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