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Political Party Leaders Invited to Debate Food, Farm Issues

By Amanda Brodhagen,

Ontario’s political party leaders have been asked to participate in a debate on food and farm issues.

Invitations were sent to Kathleen Wynne (Liberal), Tim Hudak (Conservative), Andrea Horwath (NDP) and Mike Schreiner (Green) party leaders. Notices were sent out May 14.

The request comes from the province’s largest farm lobby group – Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors. If all the leaders agree to participate, this will mark the first debate (at least in recent memory) that will be dedicated solely to discussing agriculture, food and rural issues.

“The agriculture and food industry is Ontario’s number one employer and a major driver of the economy, generating more than $40 billion annually,” the release said.

An offer has been made to broadcast the debate live on TVO’s The Agenda. Steve Paikin has agreed to moderate the event. Candidates were asked to RSVP in a timely manner so that a date could be set.

Ontario voters head to the polls June 12, 2014.

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