The Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford Chambers of Commerce are hosting a virtual Elk Valley Provincial Candidate Forum Thursday evening for Kootenay East.

All three candidates have confirmed their attendance at the forum, which includes incumbent Tom Shypitka (BC Liberals), Wayne Stetski (BC NDP), and Kerri Wall (BC Greens).

The Elk Valley Provincial Candidate Forum will be held as a Zoom webinar starting at 7:00 pm, although it will also be live-streamed on the Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

“The candidate forum will be moderated by Thomas Skelton who is the Vice Principal of Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Elkford,” said the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. “Youth representatives from Rocky Mountain Elementary will also participate in the event by introducing each candidate.”

Each candidate will be given a two-minute opening speech, followed by a series of questions from the moderator. Every candidate will have two minutes to respond to their question, while a 60-second rebuttal will be given to other candidates as approved by the moderators. Following the question and answer period, Shypitka, Stetski, and Wall will have two minutes to close out the forum.

The forum is expected to last an hour and a half.

Poster for the Elk Valley Virtual Provincial Candidate Forum. (Supplied by Fernie Chamber of Commerce)