The most important question being asked at the Conversation with Candidates meeting on October 11th, in my view, is the last question regarding willingness to work with other parties in government.
Given the current political leanings throughout our country, it is likely that our Federal election will result in the need to form a minority government. Our nation and our world are facing critical issues, some of the most visible being climate change, poverty, crime, healthcare, militarization and seemingly intractable conflicts throughout the world.
What is needed are concrete, intelligent, urgent actions rather than political posturing and populous protests.
The leaders of our political parties have presented conflicting, uncompromising positions and promises on most if not all of the major challenges facing our country. With little—if any—room for compromise, it is unlikely that our elected government will accomplish anything of significance and we will soon be facing another election that will be even more divisive and antagonistic than the present one.
To achieve any positive results will require compromise with at least some of our elected representatives not blindly following their parties’ positions, but actually objectively evaluating proposals from whichever party and supporting those that make logical sense.
On October 21st we are not just electing a party, we are first and foremost electing a person, and it will be that person’s willingness to work positively with the members of other parties that will determine whether or not we have elected a contributor to, or a detractor from, moving our nation forward towards a better future for all of us.
The candidates will be asked to respond to questions on the following issues:
- Social Inequality,
- Affordability and Taxes,
- Climate Change, and
- Willingness to work with the other parties in government.