Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Chilliwack 2020 provincial election candidates, clockwise from top left, Josue Anderson (Independent), Andrew Coombes (Libertarian), Tim Cooper (Green), John Martin (BC Liberal), Diane Janzen (BC Conservative), and Daniel Coulter (NDP). They will face off tonight (Oct. 14, 2020) in a virtual All Candidates Meeting at 6 p.m. The Chilliwack-Kent riding meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

LIVE: Watch hopefuls from both Chilliwack ridings face off online

Public invited to participate in online event by viewing, asking questions

The candidates for Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent will face off 2020-style tonight (Oct. 14).

Online.

The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is hosting two 2020 Provincial All Candidates Meetings via their YouTube channel. The Chilliwack riding’s meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Then there will be a 15-minute break. The Chilliwack-Kent riding’s meeting will run from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The public will have a chance to engage with the candidates with the help of a website called sli.do.

To submit a question, hit the link above and use the event code #chwkdebate (no account is needed). After selecting the correct riding from the top left corner, you can submit a question that could be posed to the candidates.

As of 3:30 p.m. there were already several questions posted for the hopefuls.

The Chamber has already posted brief introduction videos with many of the candidates in both ridings on their YouTube channel.

Watch the link, beginning at 6 p.m., here:

Leanna Kemp, executive director for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, says all candidates have confirmed they will attend. The event will be live streamed from Cowork Chilliwack.

The candidates for Chilliwack are John Martin (BC Liberals, incumbent), Diane Janzen (BC Conservatives), Dan Coulter (BC NDP), Tim Cooper (BC Greens), Josue Anderson (Independent), and Andrew Coombes (Libertarian).

The candidates for Chilliwack-Kent are Laurie Throness (BC Liberals, incumbent), Kelli Paddon (BC NDP), Eli Gagne (Libertarian) and Jason Lum (Independent).

Jeff Hammersmark originally was named by the BC Greens for the Chilliwack-Kent riding, but he then publicly withdrew from the race. He has not confirmed this with The Progress, nor have the BC Greens, but the Chamber has confirmed he will not be participating in tonight’s event.

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