The candidates for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party debate onstage in Gander. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
Candidates for the Liberal leadership are squaring off on a stage in Gander tonight sparring over differences, but also talking up the party in general.
In opening statements none of the five contenders took any seriously negative shots at each other.
Candidates seemed to save their sharpest jabs for Premier Kathy Dunderdale, talking about the Liberals as the strong alternative to form government.
Paul Antle, Dwight Ball, Cathy Bennett, Jim Bennett and Danny Dumaresque are vying for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
The debate got testy at several points, with candidates shouting over each other, mostly about Muskrat Falls.
Ball and Antle teamed up to loudly criticize her for supporting the multi-billion dollar project. Bennett responded by repeatedly asking if either of them would cancel the project.
Eligible members and supporters will cast their votes in November.
The Gander debate is the first of several forums the party is planning; there are also events in the works for St. John's, Corner Brook and Labrador after Labour Day.