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NDP leadership hopefuls tackle justice issues

The five B.C. NDP leadership candidates will debate justice issues Monday night in Kelowna.

The candidates, current MLAs John Horgan, Mike Farnworth, Nicholas Simons and Adrian Dix and marijuana advocate Dana Larsen will speak at the Coast Capri Hotel, starting at 7 p.m.

The Kelowna stop is part of a nine-city leadership debate tour that will see the candidates also speak about education, poverty, families, health care, youth, environmental sustainability, energy and jobs.

The debates will take place in Surrey, here, Kamloops, Nelson, Qualicum, Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George and Terrace between now and April 6.

The leadership election will take place April 17 at an assembly in Vancouver but voting will be conducted through a one member-one vote system with ballots cast by mail, over the Internet and in person at the assembly.

Unlike the Liberals, who recently elected Christy Clark as their leader, the NDP will not use a weighted system to give less-populated rural B.C. ridings as much voting power as more densely-populated Lower Mainland and Victoria ridings.

Party members who were signed up prior to Jan. 17 are able to vote in the NDP leadership election.

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