Stratford News Federal candidates debate in Stratford Thursday night SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 2019 Federal candidate debate in Stratford Thursday night. (File Image). It’s another chance to hear from the candidates in Perth-Wellington for the federal election. The Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a federal candidates debate Thursday night at Stratford City Hall. Organizers say the debate will focus candidates on issues important to the business community, inform voters and its members and promote transparency and accountability among elected officials. Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet with the candidates and the debate follows from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The debate is open to all but organizers say space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.