Oshawa debate stumbles in the dark

For candidates in the federal riding of Oshawa, Monday night’s all-candidates’ debate ended before it had hardly begun.

Twenty-minutes after candidates gave their opening statements, the power went out at the Canadian Automotive Workers (CAW) Local 222 union hall, as well the surrounding area, shortly after 7 p.m.

The power outage struck shortly after Green Party candidate, Pat Gostlin, spoke of reducing energy consumption.

“Every time I leave a room,” Gostlin said, “I make sure the lights are off.”

At that, the hall suddenly went dark.

The audience waited patiently for about an hour, hoping the power would come back on so the debate could proceed as scheduled.

But it was not to be. The debate was cancelled when the back-up safety lights also began to lose power, bringing the building toward complete darkness, a serious safety hazard.

The debate has not yet been rescheduled