PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce today announced it will host two All Candidates Forums in advance of the BC provincial election on October 24. Eligible candidates for the office of North Coast MLA will respond to questions and engage in debate during live broadcasts on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8.

The first Forum will be dedicated to issues of concern to the major population centres in the North Coast Electoral District: Prince Rupert and Port Edward. The second Forum will highlight matters of relevance to residents of Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella (Heiltsuk First Nation), Hartley Bay (Gitga’at First Nation) and other rural communities.

It is the first time the Chamber has offered two distinct opportunities for MLA candidates to debate publicly.

“The Chamber provides support and advocates for businesses located throughout our coastal economy,” said Michelle Boomars-MacNeill, President of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce. “We’re all connected, but our priorities may differ depending on where we live and do business. As we prepare to choose our representative in the BC Legislature, we believe it’s important to respect the diversity of our region by giving a voice to every type of community.”

Two regional media personalities will moderate the debates. The Forum on October 7th will be moderated by Matthew Allen, Associate Producer for CBC Radio’s Daybreak North. The Forum on October 8th will be moderated by Mary Denton, Account Executive for the CFNR Radio Network. Questions will be formulated by the Chamber of Commerce to illuminate candidate perspectives on topical themes in the riding.

Members of the public are also encouraged to submit questions in advance of the Forums. Questions may be submitted and upvoted at, with the most popular questions being raised during the Forums. In case time does not permit all questions to be considered, a list will be provided so candidates may address them via their respective communication channels.

As of September 30, the two publicly-announced candidates in the North Coast riding have confirmed their participation: Roy Jones, Jr. will represent the BC Liberal Party and incumbent Jennifer Rice will represent the NDP. Candidates confirmed as official by the Elections BC deadline of October 2 will also be invited to participate.

The first Forum—on Wednesday, October 7—will be also be broadcast live via CityWest Community TV Channels 10 and 310. Both events will be streamed over the Internet, with feeds available at the

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Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce’s website: and on its Facebook page:

The Forums will run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on both of October 7 and October 8. Questions may be submitted and upvoted via at any time, including during the debates.

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Janet Song

Executive Director, Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 250 624-2296

Mobile: 647 895-6499