On the evening of Friday, October 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative co-hosted a Conversation with the Candidates at the Edward Milne Community School Theatre. The federal election takes place on Monday, October 21, 2019. Click here for information from Elections Canada. In case you missed the Sooke Conversation, the following video was produced by Frank Antonsen of Sooke.
Six candidates for the seat in the Federal riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke present their views on Social Inequality, Affordability and Taxes, Climate Change and willingness to work with other parties in government. The candidates participating were Randall Garrison (incumbent) of the New Democratic Party, Jeremy Gustafson of the People’s Party of Canada, Jamie Hammond of the Liberal Party of Canada, David Merner of the Green Party of Canada, Philip Ney, Independent, and Tyson Strandlund of the Communist Party of Canada. Roseanne Day makes the introductory remarks. District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait moderates the evening using a novel non-confrontational format for the event held at the EMCS Community Theatre on Oct. 11, 2019 in Sooke, BC.
The event used a unique format not commonly seen at all-candidates debates. Instead of engaging in a political debate, candidates were asked to explain their visions for the future in a non-confrontational way.
- Social Inequity: The gap between the rich and the poor in our country is steadily increasing, and access to essential resources such as healthcare, education and other social services is unequally distributed in our society. What are your party’s plans to create a more fair and equitable society ensuring the needs and potential of our First Nations, youth, families, and the elderly are met?
- Affordability and Taxes: These are major concerns for all Canadians. How will you assist those that are struggling to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, address the rising costs of providing social services, and be fiscally responsible?
- Climate Change: What are your specific plans for environmental stewardship?
- Willingness to Work with Other Parties in Government: The adversarial conflicts of elections carry over into Parliament. Rather than simply focusing on transparency and accountability, what are you and your party going to do to work constructively and positively with the other parties to create a better, more unified society for all Canadians?
No further responses on the four questions have been received by the other candidates. If you are a candidate and would like to add and share your responses to the four questions, feel free to leave the your remarks in the comments below.
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