Too early for debate decision says MP Wilks

David Wilks will not commit to setting debate dates early

Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks says he is not yet prepared to make any decisions about debates in the riding this fall.

Last week NDP candidate Wayne Stetski asked each candidate to put forward a member of his or her campaign staff to meet and pick out dates for debates in Revelstoke, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook and Creston.

Bill Green of the Green Party and Don Johnston of the Liberals agreed.

However, MP Wilks has a different view.

“My plan is to run my campaign the same as I did in 2011,” Wilks said. “It was successful. As we get closer to the writ being dropped, we will make a decision on debates.

“I’m not committing right now to what I’ll do.”

Wilks says he still has the challenge of serving as MP in the riding.

“I still have to fulfill my duties as MP and there are a significant number of funding announcements to make.”

In 2011, Wilks did not attend debates in Revelstoke, Kimberley, Invermere or Cranbrook.