- John Horgan was represented by Maurine Karagianis. Horgan had committed to another event prior to being invited to speak at this one.
- Libertarian Party was not represented, although invited.
- Moderator: David Stocks
- Emcee: Karen Mason
- Timekeeper: Aline Doiron
- Candidates: from left to right, Cathy Noel (Liberals), Brendan Ralfs (Green), William Nelson (Vancouver Island Party), Maurine Karagianis (NDP, representing incumbent John Horgan)
Generally, everyone was relatively well behaved. Political teeth were only bared a couple of times. The audience clearly responded to the call to cancel Kinder Morgan. The entire format was Q&A. It would have been nice to see some inter-candidate debating, but time was very limited. As it was, the Q&A format ran 12 minutes over time.
Karagianis was the clearly the most seasoned politician at the table, strongly presenting the proposed NDP vision and keenly going after their perceived shortcomings of the past 16 years. William Nelson was the most refreshing, untethered by party politics, speaking mostly from the heart. Cathy Noel had an obvious battle on her hands, and strongly stood her ground. Brendan Ralfs, also relatively new to the political world, was refreshingly honest and very familiar with the Green platform.
Ralf’s closing message was probably the most noble: It doesn’t matter who you are voting for, just vote. And, if you are already committed to voting, then go home and inspire your friends and family to follow your lead.
If you have the time, listen to the audio. It may strengthen your resolve, or it might contribute to your final decision.
Juan de Fuca / Langford candidates In alphabetical order by last name, the candidates for this region are:
- Scott Burton Libertarian Party
- John Horgan, BC NDP (incumbant)
- William Nelson, Vancouver Island Party
- Cathy Noel, BC Liberal Party
- Brendan Ralfs, B.C. Green Party
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