ELECTION 2015: Upcoming all-candidate debates in Surrey and Delta

Dialogues with federal candidates scheduled in the run up the to the Oct. 19 election.

• Thursday, Sept. 24

The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT), in partnership with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, is holding a Federal Election All Candidates Business Dialogue on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152 St., from 6-8 p.m.

Hear candidates from the Conservatives, Greens, Liberals and NDP of all five Surrey ridings answer questions from the business community.

How will they address Surrey’s concerns on crime, transportation, international trade, social policy, environment, arts and health? What are their plans to support business – small and large – and manufacturers?

Surrey is a major player in the Oct. 19 election as it is home to nearly 16,000 businesses and has approximately 46 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s total vacant industrial land. Surrey’s growing population is projected to be 551,653 for 2016.

This is your opportunity to engage with the federal candidates, consider their positions and make the best choice for your federal representative.

Free registration is required at info@businessinsurrey.com

• Saturday, Sept. 26

The Burns Bog Conservation Society and the Delta Residents Association is hosting an all-candidates’ meeting for federal candidates at the North Delta Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come by 11130 84 Ave. to question your candidates about their policies, promises and political plans in the lead-up to the Oct. 19 federal election.

No fees or admissions required; open to all ages. For more information, email delta.residents@gmail.com

• Friday, Oct. 2

Newton Business Improvement Association is hosting an all-candidates meeting on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Frank Hurt Secondary School, 13940 77 Ave.

Hosted by Philip Aguirre, the executive director of the Newton Business Improvement Association, will be moderating the debate with a panel of key Newton stakeholders. The debate will have a primarily Newton focus.

• Wednesday, Oct. 7

The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board hosts an all-candidates meeting at the Langley Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus auditorium (20901 Langley Bypass) on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7-9 p.m.

The non-partisan meeting is free to attend and is being organized so residents and business people in the new riding, which comes into effect after a boundary redistribution, can meet their candidates prior to voting day.

For more information on the event, contact the Langley Chamber office at 604-371-3770.

How will you vote on Oct. 19?

In order to help our readers make an informed decision at the polls, The Leader will be providing extensive election coverage over the coming weeks, including riding-by-riding profiles beginning on Sept. 25.

The Leader will look at all six local federal ridings: Delta, Cloverdale-Langley City, Fleetwood-Port Kells, South Surrey-White Rock, Surrey Centre and Surrey-Newton.


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