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Port Moody-Coquitlam candidates clash tonight

You can hear what the candidates in the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding have to say to get your vote at a special virtual meeting tonight (Sept 13).
Liberal Will Davis, Conservative Nelly Shin, and the NDP's Bonita Zarrillo at the recent Tri-City Chamber of Commerce all-candidates meeting.

Candidates for the hotly contested riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam will try to win voters over to their side at a virtual all-candidates meeting tonight (Sept 13).

The event is being hosted by the Maillardville Residents’ Association, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

Registration is required as the online meeting can only accommodate 100 participants. Questions can also be submitted in advance at the same email address: [email protected].

The riding was one of the tightest races in Canada in the 2019 federal election, when Conservative candidate Nelly Shin edged out NDP candidate Bonita Zarrillo and Liberal Sara Badiei by just 153 votes. The riding was previously held by the NDP’s Fin Donnelly.

This time, Shin is facing Zarrillo again, as well as Liberal candidate Will Davis.

Stewart Prest, an instructor of Canadian politics at Coquitlam’s Douglas College, said the tight three-way contest in the riding could be pivotal in deciding the next federal government.

“It’s emblematic of the kind of riding where we’re going to see voters up for grabs, and seats up for grabs,” he said. “That means that a small nudge in one direction or another can really lead to some unpredictable results.”

- with a file from The Canadian Press