Tories skipping mayor’s debate
Ottawa’s Conservative candidates are sitting out a debate hosted by Mayor Jim Watson next week because voters have already had “dozens” of chances to see them in action, says Tory cabinet minister Pierre Poilievre.
“We’ve probably done dozens of debates right across the city of Ottawa where people of all walks of life and all corners of this city have had the occasion to meet and question and interact with these candidates,” said Poilievre, the Conservative candidate in the Carleton riding.
Poilievre made the comment Thursday during a press conference he and other Conservatives held to clarify their party’s position on sick leave and pensions for public servants.
When he was reminded the Oct. 5 debate would be an opportunity for Conservatives to sell their party’s message to public servants, Poilievre said, “We are going to continue to meet those public servants in local community halls and on their doorstep.”