Can­di­dates set to dis­cuss arts pol­icy

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Lo­cal arts or­ga­ni­za­tions will put the spot­light on fed­eral can­di­dates Wed­nes­day night as Artsvote comes to the Nex­i­com Lounge at Show­place.

It hap­pens at 7 p.m. and is open to the pub­lic.

The event is or­ga­nized by the Elec­tric City Cul­ture Coun­cil in co-op­er­a­tion with Artspace, Show­place, Pub­lic En­ergy, the Re­frame Film Fes­ti­val, Trent Ra­dio, Or­ches­tras Canada, TTOK, Peter­bor­ough Singers, Peter­bor­ough Sym­phony and the Mar­ket Hall.

Can­di­dates Michael Skin­ner (Con­ser­va­tive), Maryam Mon­sef (Lib­eral), Can­dace Shaw (NDP) and An­drew MacGre­gor (Green) will be there to dis­cuss fed­eral arts, cul­ture and her­itage pol­icy.

The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­ated by Trent Univer­sity Prof. James Culling­ham and will fea­ture ques­tions from a panel that in­cludes Kather­ine Car­leton (Or­ches­tras Canada), Elisha Rubacha (Nour­ish, bird, buried press), Emily Mar­tin (Show­place) and oth­ers.

On Thurs­days, the can­di­dates be at Curve Lake First Na­tion for a de­bate.

Can­di­dates dis­cuss deficit

Can­di­dates dis­cussed the deficit Mon­day dur­ing a can­di­date meet­ing held by the Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha Ro­tary Club.

The ques­tion was “What is your party’s strat­egy on bal­anc­ing deficits and taxes?”

Mon­sef spoke of her govern­ment’s suc­cess in mov­ing away from cuts to rein­vest in com­mu­ni­ties and mov­ing the econ­omy out of re­ces­sion. Skin­ner be­lieves in a bal­anced bud­get, mak­ing cuts were needed to avoid tak­ing away ser­vices com­pletely down the road. Peo­ple’s Party of Canada can­di­date Alex Mur­phy said his party would bal­ance the bud­get in two years by shrink­ing the fed­eral govern­ment and al­le­vi­at­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive re­dun­dan­cies. Shaw said the NDP would in­crease taxes on peo­ple worth more than $20 mil­lion. MacGre­gor said the Green party would in­crease cor­po­rate taxes from 16 to 21 per cent, close off­shore loop­holes and make big tech com­pa­nies pay cor­po­rate in­come tax.

— Jes­sica Nyznik

County vs. city vot­ers

In the 2015 fed­eral elec­tion, Mon­sef be­came MP largely due to high sup­port in the city.

Elec­tions Canada broke down the num­bers of how many peo­ple in 2015 voted for can­di­dates at each of the more than 200 polling sta­tions in the rid­ing. Peter­bor­ough This Week tal­lied up which can­di­dates earned the most votes at each poll, dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween city and county polling sta­tions.

Look­ing at the data, Mon­sef earned the city vote by a clear mar­gin. Of 167 city polls — in­clud­ing ad­vance polls — Mon­sef came out on top in 150 while Skin­ner took 17. But in the county Skin­ner saw far more suc­cess than Mon­sef, tak­ing 60 of the 86 polls.

The NDP won a hand­ful of polling sta­tions in 2015. No­tably Curve Lake First Na­tion was a strong sup­porter of the party, cast­ing 240 votes for can­di­date Dave Nickle.

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