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Federal election candidate forum on October 1

The upcoming Canadian federal election is scheduled for October 21. A forum for candidates in the Banff-Airdrie electoral district will be held at the Cochrane Alliance Church on October 1.

The Banff-Airdrie riding, of which Cochrane is a part, has been active since 2015. Five candidates are looking to represent the riding in this year’s election: Nadine Wellwood of the People’s Party, Austin Mullins of the Green Party, Gwyneth Midgley of the Liberal Party, Anne Wilson of the New Democrats and the incumbent Blake Richards of the Conservative Party.

All five candidates are expected to attend the evening event, held from 7-9 p.m..

“You hear rhetoric from party leaders,” said organizer Chuck Collins.

“But what does my own candidate think? Where does my candidate stand on this? What are their personal views on this?”

Collins said attendees can expect a format somewhat similar to the provincial candidates’ forum held in the spring.

“We’ve only got the two hours but we’ll do the best we can with it and these people will get an opportunity to see the candidates, meet them and have a chat with them,” he said.

The massive main hall of the Cochrane Alliance Church is often home to large events.

“They’ve got the right facilities, they’ve got the parking, they’ve got everything we need.”

Cochrane veteran journalist Lindsey Seewalt will moderate the forum.

“At some point we’re going to have a break and say to the audience that if they want to ask some questions and have a response from either one or a group of candidates, that will be available as well.”

The upcoming Cochrane forum is relatively unique in that Collins is organizing the event as an individual. He’s had no funding other than a $100 contribution from one business.

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