The candidates in this month’s Langford-Juan de Fuca provincial election will gather for a unique, online non-confrontational forum via ZOOM on Thursday, Oct. 15th at 7:00 PM. The evening is co-hosted by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative.
“I moderated a similar forum last year for the Federal candidates meeting,” said Sooke Mayor, Maja Tait, the moderator for the evening. “It was a refreshingly positive experience during which candidates focused exclusively on the issues and their party platforms. Too often nowadays we witness divisive debates as we’re seeing with the American presidential election. With this provincial forum, however, I expect we will have constructive, informative presentations by our candidates.”
The forum will employ a format not commonly seen at all-candidates encounters. Instead of engaging in a political debate, the candidates will be forwarded the evening’s six pre-determined issues in advance and will be asked to address these issues, presenting their visions for the future in a non-confrontational way.
“Provincial election politics has become a battleground of antagonism and personal attacks rather than clear presentations on issues and opportunities that matter locally and provincially,” said Don Brown of the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative. “The presentation format that we will be using will enable the candidates to share their personal visions for the future of our electoral district and our province. We want to hear substantive answers to important issues from each candidate, not campaign slogans or attacks on each other’s party platforms.”
The candidates will be asked to address the following issues:
- Resolving Addictions, Mental Health and Homelessness
- Business Support and Economic Growth during and post COVID-19 Pandemic
- Affordable Housing for Youth, Families and Seniors
- Challenges of Transportation with Urban Growth and Liveability
- Climate Change Action Plans to 2030 (not 2050)
- Meaningful Alliance with Indigenous Peoples
All are welcome to attend. Please register beforehand at westshore.bc.ca as Zoom attendance is open to 500 (once full, you can watch it on YouTube). If you’re new to ZOOM technology, visit http://www.zoom.us to open a free account and access the virtual interface that has become the leading way to communicate during the pandemic. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube, and will be recorded for later viewing.
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