Municipal election day, October 22, is getting closer and two all-candidates debates have been organized in The Nation Municipality. The first one is this Wednesday, September 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at École élémentaire catholique de St-Isidore at 20 rue de L’École in St-Isidore. The second meeting takes place on Thursday, October 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Limoges Recreation Centre. Both debates are bilingual and there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask the candidates questions.
According to Leslie Howard, who is one of the organizers of the debates, all the candidates for mayor, councillor, and school board trustee are participating in each debate except for one council candidate who can only attend the St-Isidore meeting due to another commitment. “It’s awesome,” Howard said about the high participation rate from the candidates.
Three candidates are running for mayor in The Nation. They are: Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers, Denis Pommainville, and François St-Amour. Yves Duval and Marie-Noëlle Lanthier are the candidates for councillor in Ward One. Alain Mainville and Danielle Sarault are the council candidates in Ward Two. There are two candidates for councillor in Ward Three. They are; Danik Forgues and Marc Laflèche. In Ward Four, the two candidates seeking a position on council are Francis Brière and David Mushing.
In the school board trustee races, there are only elections for the French-language school boards in The Nation. Marcellin Leroux and Martial Levac are the registered French-language Catholic school board candidates in The Nation. John Keough and Pierre Tessier are the French public-school board. Corina Parisien was acclaimed as the next Upper Canada District School Board Trustee for The Nation. The trustee for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Sue Wilson, was also acclaimed.