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Conservative candidates in Manitoba are urging local chambers of commerce to schedule all-candidates forums leading up to the October 21st federal election.

Among the group is Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen who is running for re-election in the riding. She says Canadians are tired of what's happening under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's leadership and says the Conservatives will use these forums to show a strong alternative in leader Andrew Scheer.

"I know last election it seemed like it was scheduled a bit late and so sometimes it's hard to get those plans in place when the dates come up very last-minute," she noted. "It would be great to get those dates set, let's start planning."

Bergen added she looks forward to debating the Liberal candidate for the riding, as well as answering any questions related to her party. She feels it is important for candidates to publicly defend their record as well as their policies going forward, and to tell Canadians why they want their vote.

"I don't take any vote for granted. I feel it's important that I present my ideas, present myself to the constituents of Portage-Lisgar as not only their sitting MP but someone who wants to continue being their Member of Parliament," said Bergen.

The MP says she doesn't shy away from debate, noting it's something she does every day in the House of Commons as Opposition House Leader.

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