Rogers will be airing a debate between most of the contenders for the provincial seat in York South—Weston. Laura Albanese will not be debating.
If true, this will be the second time that Laura Albanese has skipped the televised debates. Albanese also skipped two debates, including the televised one, in 2011.
Her office says “[the debate] is in the east end and with a limited amount of time during a writ period it is important for Laura to speak directly to as many voters as possible. We know that people want to speak to their candidate face to face, and we need to put aside a great deal of time to accomplish that.”
Ferreira’s office said, “open debate about important election issues is healthy for democracy and indeed serves the electorate well. We are disappointed Laura Albanese is avoiding these kind [sic] of public forums.”
Albanese’s office did say that she will be attending the all-candidates debate on June 4.