The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, along with the Sooke Region Museum, Transition Sooke, Sooke Region Tourism Association, and the Sooke Women in Business are pleased to sponsor and host the 2017 Provincial General Election Information Series.
In preparation for the upcoming Provincial General Election, the Chamber felt it important that its members and the community be armed with as much useful information as possible to make an informed decision. This included filling in any potential knowledge gaps concerning government structure, roles and titles, commonly used terms, how our voting system works, how to ensure one is registered to vote and hearing from the candidates themselves. Thanks to our partners in the series we are delighted to bring the community three opportunities to get informed.
Government 101, presented by David Stocks, will be held Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sooke Region Museum located at 2070 Phillips Road. Tea and coffee will be served compliments of the Museum. A question and answer period will take place at the end of the presentation. This talk is open to the public however space is limited. An RSVP through the Chamber website is recommended.
Your Vote Counts, presented by Elections BC, will take place Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 a.m. at the Sooke Community Hall located at 2037 Shields Road. Breakfast will be served compliments of Sooke Women in Business. This presentation is open to the public however space is limited. An RSVP through the Chamber website is recommended.
The All Candidates Forum for the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding will be held in the ballroom at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort located at 6929 West Coast Road, Sooke, B.C., on Tuesday, April 25th, starting at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. This event will be professionally moderated and is open to the public. We hope that you will attend and request your RSVP be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 21, 2017.
Schedule for the All Candidates Forum
The speaking order for the opening statements by candidates will be decided by lot. The speaking order for closing statements will be the reverse of the opening order. The general format of the evening will be:
- Welcoming remarks by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, and format remarks by the moderator
- Opening statements by each candidate (2 minute maximum speaking time)
- Q&A for the candidates facilitated by moderator (1 minute maximum speaking time)
- Q&A for the candidates by audience members via open mic at podium (1 minute maximum speaking time)
- Closing statements by each candidate (2 minute maximum speaking time)
- Closing remarks by Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce
There will be written questions submitted by the public to the Chamber in advance as well as questions from the floor. The Host will control access to the floor microphone by questioners.
The Moderator will read questions previously submitted to the Chamber. Questions will also be allowed from audience members from a public podium (the Chamber will assist audience members at the public microphone).
Each candidate will be allowed a maximum of one (1) minute to answer each question. If the questions and answerers are brief, we will have more time for additional questions.
The Moderator will seek a wide variety of questions and therefore repeated questions on the same topic will not be allowed from the audience.
The Moderator will ensure that the order of answering the questions will cycle through the candidates in a fair manner.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is a supportive resource for businesses and works to facilitate new economic development opportunities while influencing public policy and government in supporting free enterprise. We are committed to working collaboratively with all organizations in the Region to benefit our members, the business community and all Sooke Region residents.
“As a public service, our goal is to facilitate a public discussion on the issues affecting our community.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization.
We do not endorse candidates.”
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
- Ceremony swears in the new Premier of BC (with a T’Sou-ke presence)
- BREAKING: BC has a new premier!
- Christy Clark’s meeting wraps up with the Lieutenant Governor, no decision made
- The BC Government has been toppled
- Throne Speech: BC Liberals adopt a center social stance
- NDP’s John Horgan responds to the Throne Speech: She’ll say anything to hang on to power
- Green’s Andrew Weaver responds to the Throne Speech: Astonishing about-face
- Horgan and Weaver maintain Clark’s political “games” are hurting British Columbians
- Premier Christy Clark introduces new Executive Council
- BC Government resumes on June 22
- B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses ratify historic agreement
- Clark will put confidence to the vote in June, and let the transfer of power be a public one
- B.C. Greens will support a new BC New Democrat government
- NDP and Greens announce an agreement, intending to form government in BC for the next four years
- Statements from Christy Clark, John Horgan, and Andrew Weaver
- Election results are in!
- BC Elections update: May 24, 1:00 pm
- Election results still inconclusive, May 23
- Election results should be known after May 24
- Preliminary election turn-out estimated at 60%
- POLL: What are your top three election issues?
- ICYMI: Leadership Debate March 26 2017 (Video)
- Election 2017: Sooke’s All-Candidate Debate
- VIDEO: Provincial Election 2017 Leadership Debate
- Election May 9, 2017: Where and how to vote
- Green Party releases their affordable homes strategy
- Is electoral reform on the BC horizon?
- Sooke Chamber launches 2017 Provincial General Election Information Series
- BC NDP response to Liberal platform: Christy Clark’s platform maintains giveaways to rich donors, rising costs for families
- BC Liberals launch their platform