Federal candidates speak out in Saskatoon-University panel

As part of an ongoing series, Saskatoon Morning spoke to three of the leading candidates in an election panel. Liberal candidate Cynthia Block, Conservative candidate Brad Trost and NDP candidate Claire Card all joined host Leisha Grebinski in studio this morning.

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NDP candidate Claire Card, Conservative candidate Brad Trost and Liberal candidate Cynthia Block appeared on Saskatoon Morning. (Rosalie Woloski/CBC)

The new riding of Saskatoon-University seems to be hotly contested.

With parties polling neck and neck in the newly created riding, candidates and their teams are busy knocking on doors to gain support.

As part of an ongoing series, Saskatoon Morning spoke to three of the leading candidates in an election panel.

Liberal candidate Cynthia Block, Conservative candidate Brad Trost and NDP candidate Claire Card all joined host Leisha Grebinski in studio this morning.

What are voters talking about?

The NDP's Claire Card said the riding's population is very diverse, and it depends on who you ask.

"Young voters are very concerned about the environment," she said. "For people with young families, we hear about their very difficult struggles with both affordable housing and child care."

Veteran Conservative MP Brad Trost said the economy was also on the minds of many. Currently the MP for Saskatoon-Humboldt, Trost said issues haven't changed all that much in the new urban riding.

"People are mainly concerned about bottom-line pocketbook issues," he said. "And that doesn't matter what what sort of job you have and what sort of business you have. At the end of the day, you want to have a good economic result for your family."

Liberal candidate Cynthia Block said voters have been most worried about how to get ahead.

"I think there are a lot more people struggling today," she said. "We do know that the gap between the wealthiest one per cent and the middle class has grown, and that gap needs to be reduced."

What issues aren't getting enough attention?

Liberal candidate Cynthia Block said climate change hasn't received enough press this campaign.

"We can no longer just talk about the economy or just talk about the environment. We have to talk about both together," she said. "And I think specifically in Saskatchewan, it's a really big issue. Because we do come from a province that's helped fuel a nation. So, what are we going to do, if we have to do things differently down the road."

Conservative Brad Trost says the Conservative Party's financial record isn't getting enough attention.

"One of the things I am surprised at that hasn't come up as much is that the budget is balanced," he said. "This is not something that is easy to do. You look at the Europeans, you look at the Americans, they've been struggling mightily with their financies."

NDP candidate Claire Card said the health system needs to get more attention.

"We have a lot of doctors, a lot of nurses here that talked to us about what needs to happen to make sure the health care dollars are spent appropriately," she said. "For example, for seniors we need to make sure they have more home based care, that seniors are able to afford their medication."

Saskatoon Morning will hold its final candidate's panel Sept. 30 at 7:10 a.m. CST.

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