Candidates set to discuss arts policy
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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