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Exactly two weeks before the federal election, the Yukon’s five candidates are gearing up for the home stretch with a week packed full of campaign events.
All five will attend two debates this week.
A forum focused on Yukon First Nations issues will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 this evening at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.
The Yukon Chamber of Commerce will host a debate from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on business and industry issues at the Coast High Country Inn.
The candidates will also be interviewed on CHON-FM’s Rock the Talk from 11:20 a.m. to noon Friday with Peter Johnston, the grand chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations.
The candidates’ remaining plans are listed below in random order.
The NDP’s Justin Lemphers attended this afternoon’s Women’s History Month art reception, followed by a Q&A session with residents at the Whistle Bend Place care facility.
On Tuesday morning, Lemphers will attend a Q&A with students at Hidden Valley School. That will be followed by an Interpretive Guide Program by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Dân Ts’änanän kick-off at Yukon College.
On Wednesday, Lemphers will host a meet-and-greet at 11:30 a.m. in Burwash Landing and 4:30 p.m. in Haines Junction.
He will attend a round-table discussion hosted by the Individual Learning Centre on Thursday, followed by a Q&A with residents and staff of Copper Ridge Place at 2 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lemphers will host a meet-and-greet in Mayo.
Lemphers will be available for coffee and conversation with voters on Thursday and Friday mornings at The Claim and Midnight Sun Roasters respectively.
Next weekend, he will canvass in Mayo, Carmacks, Ross River and Faro.
Conservative candidate Jonas Smith is canvassing in Faro today. He has sent his regrets to the Whistle Bend care facility, as he will be unable to attend the Q&A session due to travel.
On Wednesday, Smith will attend the Teegatha’Oh Zheh Q&A followed by a CBC radio interview.
He will attend the Copper Ridge residents’ Q&A and Individual Learning Centre Q&A on Thursday, followed by the Yukon Women in Trades & Technology report launch.
Smith will spend next weekend and several weeknights canvassing in Whitehorse.
On Wednesday, Green Party candidate Lenore Morris will travel to Burwash.
On Thursday, she will attend the Hidden Valley School event and Individual Learning Centre Q&A. She will meet with the Copper Ridge Residents Association that afternoon.
Morris will also attend Thursday’s Women in Trades & Technology report launch.
Morris will spend the remainder of the weekend canvassing in Whitehorse.
Liberal incumbent Larry Bagnell attended the Whistle Bend Place forum this afternoon.
Bagnell will also attend tomorrow’s Q&A at Hidden Valley School.
On Thursday, Bagnell will attend the round-table at the Individual Learning Centre.
Joseph Zelezny, the People’s Party of Canada candidate, attended the Whistle Bend Q&A today.
Tomorrow, he will visit the Individual Learning Centre. On Thursday, Zelezny will attend the Individual Learning Centre forum and Copper Ridge forum.
On Saturday, an interview will be released from howestreet.com featuring Zelezny, party leader Maxime Bernier – who cancelled a recent planned appearance in Whitehorse – and a third candidate.
Zelezny will spend the remainder of the week door-knocking in Whitehorse.
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