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We're hosting a debate!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014   by: Darren Taylor and sister site are inviting readers and viewers to join us Tuesday, June 3 at 2 p.m. as anchor Jasmyn Rowley hosts a political debate as a highlight of our provincial election coverage.

The event will be livestreamed on LOCAL2, and will include the candidates from the three main political parties, each of them vying for the role of MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. 

We'll be asking the candidates to weigh in on the most important issues at stake this campaign, and we want you to help, so go to our poll on or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know what you want us to ask.

Here's who's going to be there:

David Orazietti, incumbent Liberal MPP, is gunning for his fourth consecutive term as the Sault’s representative at Queen’s Park.

First elected as MPP in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011, Orazietti served as parliamentary assistant to several cabinet ministers before being named Minister of Natural Resources in 2013.

Orazietti worked as a secondary school teacher for 10 years with the Algoma District School Board.

He served two terms as a Sault Ste. Marie city councillor (1997-2003) before entering provincial politics.

Orazietti tells us he felt motivated to enter municipal politics to look for opportunities for young people in the Sault, later entering provincial politics to push for improved resources for Sault Ste. Marie, such as more physicians, a new hospital and new schools.

Orazietti says his priority for the Sault, if re-elected, will be to maintain economic well-being for major players such as Essar Steel Algoma, Tenaris and Flakeboard, while encouraging economic development in other sectors.

NDP candidate Celia Ross taught at Algoma University in the modern languages department for 15 years before serving as the postsecondary institution’s president from 1998 to 2010.

Originally from Guelph, Ross was educated at Queen’s University, receiving her doctorate in French literature.

It was during her time as Algoma’s president that the school became an independent university. 

Currently teaching French literature at Algoma, this is Ross's second attempt at winning the Sault’s seat at Queen's Park, having run in the 2011 provincial election. 

Ross says she was motivated to get into provincial politics through an interest in social justice issues, as well as economic and social development for Sault Ste. Marie.

Progressive Conservative candidate Rod Fremlin was born and raised in Laird Township before he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, where he worked as a firefighter for 28 years.

Fremlin, who played junior hockey in his youth and spent time working in construction in the Middle East and the Canadian Arctic, rose to the rank of captain with the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Service.

He is retired from firefighting and now runs his own business building custom homes.

Fremlin is serving his second term as a member of the Matthews Memorial Hospital board of directors.

This provincial election campaign marks Fremlin’s first attempt at running for office, though he said he has been contemplating a run for some time.

Fremlin says he is motivated to get into politics to improve quality of life for Sault residents in all aspects, from job creation, lower hydro bills and increased staffing levels at Sault Area Hospital and long-term care facilities. 

Be sure to join us for this live debate Tuesday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

In the meantime, you can check out Jasmyn's in-studio interviews with the candidates:

Fremlin says youth and elderly top concern

Celia Ross talks plans for Sault and province

Orazietti says jobs priority for Sault

Keep checking back for interviews with Green and Libertarian candidates.



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learningaswego 5/28/2014 11:58:10 AM Report

The poll on the home page should allow to pick more than one topic for a political debate.
Then, they should do the math to determine which are most important/priority to the electorate.
Mike Purvis 5/28/2014 12:10:36 PM Report

learningaswego - That's a good point. Unfortunately, our poll system won't allow that. If you want to offer up a specific question please feel free to get in touch with us through our Facebook page, or via email at
gdawg99 5/28/2014 1:51:16 PM Report

"Fremlin says he is motivated to get into politics to improve quality of life for Sault residents in all aspects, from job creation, lower hydro bills and increased staffing levels at Sault Area Hospital and long-term care facilities."

Does he know he's a PC?
Dictionary 5/28/2014 6:15:30 PM Report

i was gonna say... hospital staff will be one of the first to get cuts after teachers and the environment. what a crock of shite.
MYPOINT 5/29/2014 7:17:09 AM Report

My question for ALL candidates is as follows ..

If I give you my vote AND your party forms the Government, will you insist publicly that your party come up with some sort of recall method (51%+1) so that we, the voters can fire any politician who lies during campaigns to get elected and by doing so, in fact steals our votes and is guilty of 'breach of contract'?

Thank you :)
Ernest Raymond 5/29/2014 7:20:32 AM Report

Ask them how they are making it possible for families to succeed on one income, because from what I can see that just isn't possible anymore.
LSARC 5/29/2014 11:20:46 AM Report

The quickest way to help balance the budget and improve the economy is to scrap the anti-democratic, job-killing, environment-destroying "Green" Energy Act.

Continuing to contract for unneeded unreliable and unsustainably subsidized
electricity which will blight our cherished landscape with more ugly industrial wind turbines is just depraved. The ratepayers and even taxpayers are being subjected to "energy poverty" all for an radical environmentalist ideology which is being abandoned in the EU because it has proven to be a failure.

While German comedians are mocking the wind turbine idolatry Ontario's government has continued to deface our Natural Heritage Treasure Lake Superior and the "Living Art" of Algoma

Germany’s Leading Late Night Comedy Show Harshly Mocks Germany’s Energiewende!

By P Gosselin on 22. April 2014

Awhile back I wrote about a harsh German late night parody of the country’s failed transition to renewable energy.

Now the video appears on Youtube and is accompanied by English subtitles.

fronz 5/30/2014 12:28:36 AM Report

I feel the kink in the vote of the people is the anonymity of the ballots .

We shouldn't be afraid of signing and dating our own personal ballot .

Then after the elections , everyone gets their ballot back , even if they didn't show , it would say no show.
Otherwise it's too corruptible .

Gianfranco Fronzi
speed7 6/2/2014 7:52:53 AM Report

the elderly top concern? What about JOBS! and HEALTHCARElooks like this is being skipped and ignored as always and this bogus million jobs plan? the conservatives have taken many jobs away???
now all of a sudden a million?????? and what will those million be? summer students???? looks nice on paper though with official government letterhead.A big cheese senior candidate concerned about the elderly???? please let me stick my finger down my throat while I vomit a little.
ya.....right! sure? cant wait to vote and use my own tax dollars to waiste it.
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