The latest provincial polls are showing a tighter race.

Glen Archer of the NDP didn't take long to tell the audience where he was coming from. The jail guard from Kenora says his career was turned upside-down by the previous Tory government.archerglenGlen Archer of the NDP likes his chances this spring.

"I moved here 16 years ago from Guelph, Ontario, directly due to the Harris cuts of the day," he said.

On the campaign trail, Archer said he was hearing lots from First Nations communities about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, as well as the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations. In municipalities, Archer says voters don't want to travel for health care, and they'd like more services in the region.

rickfordgregTory nominee Greg Rickford's could join Doug Ford's cabinet at Queen's Park after the provincial election in June.However, Tory Greg Rickford said he still recalled Rae-Days, when his job as a nurse in southern Ontario was cut.

"It was real. It wasn't that there was less of a need for patients, it was that the health care system had been mismanaged," he said.

Rickford made the most of the situation, as he went on to collect a law degree and a masters in business administration, before joining the federal government as an MP and cabinet minister. He reminded the audience he had done a lot to serve the riding, while in government.

Rickford stepped down from the board of Noront Resources to run for office. This isn't the only sign the Tory government wants to get the $60 billion Ring of Fire moving. The party has also said they're willing to share resource revenues with First Nations, as well as municipalities, in an effort to get the resource sector moving.

Voters are set cast their ballots June 7, and the latest polls show a tightening race between the leading Tories and the New Democrats, who have leap-frogged the governing Liberals.

Still, Liberal nominee Karen Kejick said last night she can also represent change.

"So, some of the decisions that were made, I was not at Queen's Park for. Once I decided to step up, I realized that I'm not afraid of challenges," she said.

Kejick serves as a band councillor at Shoal Lake 39. She also works with Treaty Three Police Service. kejickkarenLiberal candidate Karen Kejick of Shoal Lake says she can also be a voice for change at Queen's Park.

Ember McKillop of the Greens is a special needs resource teacher in Dryden, and she says change is needed for children with autism.

"There's supposedly, supposed to be support for kids up to 18 years of age, but nobody's been able to access it," she said.

After two hours of debate Jack Hendy offered his thoughts.

"Now we know them. We've heard what they have to say. It isn't just Greg Rickford," he said.

Jake Longe said the event helped him with his decision, but he was still a bit skeptical.

"Well informed, all of them, whether they live up to what they say, that remains to be seen," he said, as he turned for home.

A debate will be held in Dryden next week, May 24. Since incumbent Sarah Campbell isn't running, one thing's for sure. There will be a new voice for Kenora - Rainy River after the election in June.

 

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