It was supposed to be a chance for high school students to get to know their area’s federal election candidates.
But it turned to disappointment and a bit of anger when two of the candidates didn’t show.
Noah Berson, a grade 12 student, says only the Green and NDP candidates showed up to a debate put on by high school students in the Vancouver Granville area, hosted at Eric Hamber Secondary School.
Berson says while the Liberals did respond to say they had an event already planned for today, the students never received a response from the Conservatives.
“It was a bit disappointing at first. But I really think that it showed what the priorities of these parties that weren’t going to attend were.”
Berson says they reached out to candidates in August to invite them to the debate.
“In a new riding like Vancouver Granville where there is no incumbent, I think it would be essential to go talk to a group of students that are all going to be going home and having dinner time conversations with their family about what’s going on in school, so I was quite surprised.”
Berson says 700 students from the Vancouver Granville area attended today’s debate, which was organized in order to increase youth voter awareness.