VIDEO: Salmon Arm students given chance to question candidates

It’s never too early to get interested in politics.

This sentiment was proved by the 563 students from Grades 4 to 8 who attended the federal all-candidates meeting at the Shuswap Middle School gymnasium on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Nearly all North Okanagan-Shuswap candidates were in attendance: Mel Arnold representing the Conservatives, Cindy Derkaz for the Liberals, Harwinder Sandhu the NDP, and Kyle Delfing for the People’s Party of Canada. Green party candidate Marc Reinarz was not present.

Read more: Here’s your chance to hear the federal candidates in Sicamous and Salmon Arm

Read more: Candidates address carbon tax, Pharmacare and immigration at Salmon Arm forum

After a few words from the event’s organizer Geoff Styles, a teacher at the South Canoe Outdoor School, the meeting was taken over by moderator and Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison. Channeling his years of experience as a school principal, Harrison brought the crowd under control and the meeting commenced.

Candidates were given four minutes to introduce themselves, two minutes to introduce their party’s platforms and one minute each to answer three questions posed to them by students.

The first two questions were standard election queries, asking each party’s position on immigration and what will be done to protect natural resources.

Read more: Candidates tackle climate change, immigration and housing at Salmon Arm forum

Read more: Lots of advance voting in the federal election for Salmon Arm

The third question came from Grade 4 student Dane Johnson who asked, “how would your government treat the possible future challenge of climate refugees coming to Canada, including the possibility of border control?”

Arnold was the first to answer by referencing the Conservative Party’s goal to reduce emissions in higher polluting countries like China and India. He explained this practice would reduce the effects of climate change and lessen the number of climate refugees.

Cindy Derkaz responded by advocating for investments in foreign aid which would go to help mitigate the effects of climate change in other countries, therefore reducing the number of climate refugees.

“If we can help people right where they live, that is going to reduce the possibilities that they are fleeing environmental crisis,” Derkaz said.

Harwinder Sandhu was the next to respond.

Read more: VIDEO: With federal election called, parties unleash campaigns in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.

Read more: Word on the street: Is this federal election important to you?

“This is Canada, we are a world champion when it comes to human rights and we should help. At the end there is only one race, the human race,” she said.

Lastly, Kyle Delfing answered the question by first denying the possibility of climate refugees.

“We need to mitigate climate where people live, we don’t need to have climate refugees, it’s a falsity,” Delfing said. “We are going to control our borders by creating a virtual point of entry between the real ports of entry which will prevent anybody who crosses our border illegally from staying in Canada.”


@CameronJHT
Cameron.thomson@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cameron Thomson

Share
Published by
Cameron Thomson

Recent Posts

  • Canada & World
  • Home2
  • News

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

28 mins ago
  • Home
  • News

Community newspapers bring people together in time of isolation

Black Press offices have been receiving calls of support, appreciation

2 hours ago
  • Community
  • Home

‘Corona Busters’: Vernon man drives vintage ambulance in appreciation of health-care workers

Rob Newport says he aims to make people smile during the COVID-19 pandemic with Ghostbusters-themed ride

2 hours ago
  • Home
  • News

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake County MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

2 hours ago
  • Canada & World
  • News

World update, 9:30 p.m. March 27: Positive news in Korea as U.S. hits 100,000 cases

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world

12 hours ago
  • Home2
  • Trending Now

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

13 hours ago