Windsor·CANADA VOTES 2019

Sarnia-Lambton candidates debate climate change and more

Candidates from the country's leading political parties are set to tackle Sarnia-Lambton's — and the country's — most important issues.

Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green and People's Party candidates weigh in

Left to right: People's Party candidate Brian Evaraert, Conservative candidate Marilyn Gladu, Green Party candidate Peter Smith, Liberal candidate Carmen Lemieux, NDP candidate Adam Kilner and CBC Windsor's Jonathan Pinto. (Bob Becken/CBC)

Sarnia-Lambton candidates from the country's leading political parties discussed climate change, the opioid epidemic, and gun control at CBC Windsor's Oct. 9 debate.

Present at the debate were People's Party of Canada candidate Brian Evaraert, Conservative Party candidate Marilyn Gladu, NDP candidate Adam Kilner, Liberal Party candidate Carmen Lemieux, and Green Party candidate Peter Smith.

Missed the debate? Watch Sarnia-Lambton candidates square off:

How will your party balance fighting climate change with the reality of the local economy?

Sarnia-Lambton is home to Canada's so-called 'Chemical Valley,' with the local economy largely dominated by the petrochemical industry. 

In individual responses, candidates outlined their party's approach to tackling climate change. However, it was during the question's rebuttal portion that candidates began levying criticism at their opponents. 

Gladu criticized the Liberal Party's carbon tax program. 

In response, Smith argued that gas prices have, by-and-large, become cheaper.

Evaraert was critical of what he called "climate alarmism."

Kilner interjected, arguing that climate change is a health issue that, for example, affects breathing during summer.

Here's everything you need to know about the Sarnia-Lambton riding

CBC Windsor's Lambton-Kent-Middlesex debate previously scheduled for Oct. 10, has been cancelled due to a lack of candidate response and availability.

The final CBC Windsor debate, with Windsor West candidates, is set for Oct. 16.

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