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Local candidates will debate at the University of Waterloo on October 5

September 30th, 2015

The Federation of Students will be hosting a debate with local candidates on October 5, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall at the University of Waterloo. It’s an opportunity for students and members of the community to learn more and make an informed decision on Election Day.

The following candidates will be participating:

Peter Braid, Conservative Party of Canada

Bardish Chagger, Liberal Party of Canada

Diane Freeman, New Democratic Party

Richard Walsh, Green Party

The debate will be moderated by Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo and author of Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role. “The candidates will speak to questions directly concerning students,” he said. “In what is shaping up to be one of the closest elections in Canadian history, local candidates matter and every vote counts.”

After the debate, students will be able to further engage with the candidates at a meet and greet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in The Bombshelter Pub.

The debate is one of numerous initiatives by the Federation of Students to encourage students to vote, and keep them informed. One of these initiatives is special ballot voting, which will allow students to vote in their home riding from campus. The Federation of Students is one of over 35 participants in this new program through Elections Canada.

“I hope to see a strong voter turnout among students in this region,” said Stephane Hamade, vice-president, education for the Federation of Students. “Decisions on student loans and youth unemployment will be made that will impact them after this election, so they need to be involved and make their voice heard.”

About the Federation of Students

Since 1967, the Federation of Students (Feds) has been the voice of undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. Feds undertakes initiatives both on and off campus to serve, empower and represent students. Feds operates seven commercial services, nine student-run services, oversees over 200 student clubs and societies, and Orientation Week. For more information, please visit