Record’s readers declare Albrecht winner of all-candidates’ debate
Conservative candidate defends lead from tag-team challengers, plants at the audience microphone
Kitchener Incumbent Conservative MP Harold Albrecht widened his political lead Wednesday evening from a co-ordinated group from opposition challengers and a room-full of Liberal audience plants during the local campaign’s first all-candidates’ debate, facilitated by the Waterloo Region Record.
56% of those polled in an online survey named Albrecht when asked who won the debate.
The three-term MP said he was, “grateful to the Waterloo Liberals for showing up in St. Agatha,” in reference to the many self-described Waterloo residents who approached the audience microphone to pepper him with questions, sporting Liberal lapel pins and posing obviously scripted, partisan questions.
“I can’t blame them for spending a gorgeous night like tonight with me instead of (Waterloo Liberal challenger) Andrew Telegdi,” said Albrecht, a life-long Kitchener-Conestoga resident, in a statement immediately following the debate.
Despite persistent, tag-team questioning from the Liberal and NDP challengers on a wide variety of topics, Albrecht coolly kept the focus on the economy, claiming that’s where it belongs.
“It has been my privilege to serve as your Member of Parliament,” the incumbent said in his closing statement. “Now, voters have a choice between Prime Minister Harper’s proven leadership, or tax hikes and reckless spending that will stall the economic recovery and kill jobs.”