NIAGARA REGION PROVINCIAL CANDIDATES TAKE VOTER QUESTIONS ON THE AGENDA WITH STEVE PAIKIN, TONIGHT AT 8 PM

  • Guests include NDP MPP Peter Kormos (Welland), Liberal MPP Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls), and PC candidate George Lepp (Niagara Falls)
  • The Agenda with Steve Paikin will broadcast live from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - What issues are on the minds of Niagara voters heading towards the Ontario elections this fall? Regional candidates from the three major provincial political parties in Ontario will find out tonight on a special edition of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, broadcast live at 8 pm from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre.

The program is part of TVO's Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour which is making a stop in Niagara to hear from citizens in the region what issues they feel should be the focus the upcoming Ontario provincial election.

Guests for the program are NDP MPP Peter Kormos (Welland), Liberal MPP Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls), and PC candidate George Lepp (Niagara Falls).

Some 75 Niagara region citizens met at the NOTL Community Centre on Sunday for the AgendaCamp public workshop to help set the agenda for tonight's broadcast. AgendaCamp is a TVO-hosted community forum that brought together community leaders, policymakers, and members of the public from across the Niagara region to discuss issues and present ideas about what should be the focus of the Ontario provincial election in the fall. At the end of the day participants voted on the best ideas which will inform the questions posed to the candidates on the live broadcast tonight.

"There were a lot of Niagara-specific issues, as well as things that would concern people across the province, that were raised at AgendaCamp yesterday and some absolutely fascinating and innovative proposals for solutions," says anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "There was a slight departure from our previous AgendaCamps in Ottawa and Hamilton where energy got the top vote. This time a question related to transportation edged out energy as the issue Niagarans were most concerned about. That's what's great about these forums - they're completely democratic and you can't assume one region's concerns are the same as another's."

To review the discussions at the Hamilton AgendaCamp, visit yourvote2011.ca.

The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour continues with upcoming stops in Sudbury on June 26 and 27, and in the GTA in September.

For five seasons The Agenda with Steve Paikin has provided Ontario with thought-provoking, insightful analysis of current affairs, going deeper on the big issues of the day with lively debates and stimulating one-on-one conversations. On March 3, 2011, The Agenda with Steve Paikin marked a significant milestone with their 1000th program.

About TVO
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