March 7 was a busy day for the candidates (or at least some of them). There were actually two debates/meetings.
Debate/Meeting 1: Eastern Commerce Collegiate – 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Participants Included: Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Craig Scott, Andrew Keyes, Grant Gordon, Bahman Yazdanfar
It was polite and civilized and the audience was students at Eastern Commerce. The moderator was (not completely sure, but it looked to me like) a teacher. His role was to ask questions that “apparently” were generated by the students. The room did NOT have a high level of energy. For the most part (and I think this was a mistake) the candidates did not tailor their answers to a “younger audience”. Possible exception – Grant Gordon. Mr. Gordon has impressed me as one of the candidates who is most likely to listen to and respond to the question actually asked. Andrew Keyes continued to “soldier on” and preach the virtues of the Conservative Party. Craig Scott continued to emphasize that he is (and wants to continue to be) a member of team NDP. Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Andrew Keyes continued to demonstrate a strong commttment to Toronto Danforth. Bahman Yazdanfar continued to emphasize the importance of candidate over party.
In any case, after an afternoon break, these same candidates (Andrew Keyes excepted) appeared at the evening debate.
Debate/Meeting 2: 86 Blake St – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It was intended to be an “All candidates” meeting/debate. The “no-shows” were the Libertarian Candidate (he has yet to appear – therefore hard to take him seriously) and interestingly Conservative Candidate Andrew Keyes (he may have a “one meeting a day” rule). In any case, that left nine candidates. Read the rest of this entry
Came across this this very interesting post. It begins as follows:
With another two weeks to go before the Toronto Danforth byelection, there has been some speculation as to the possibility of the seat changing hands back to the Liberals. While I am skeptical of this claim, I thought it would be worth examining in a bit more depth.The riding voted Liberal throughout the 1990s before being won by deceased NDP leader Jack Layton in 2004. As a Ryerson professor and city councillor, Layton made a name for himself in Toronto politics, but lacked the widespread recognition common with federal politicians.
He took the leadership of the NDP handily in 2003, and but won by a slim 2,400 votes his first race in Danforth. Despite only moderate gains for the NDP, Layton was able to increase his margin of victory in each passing election. Even after his passing, Jack’s legacy remains a key factor in the future of the NDP. By the strength of his personality, and the frustration of Quebec voters with the BQ, he led the party to a spectacular breakthrough in the province. The Danforth election may offer a glimpse into the future of a Layton-less NDP party. Layton consistently outperformed his party both in Toronto and Ontario, and represents one of the best examples of personality driven support.
Read the complete post here.
Wednesday March 7, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – 86 Blake St. – Toronto
Update!! In a victory for Toronto Danforth democracy – the organizers of the debate have reversed their position and all candidates on the ballot are to be invited!! Great news – a victory for reason and common sense.
Not only should all candidates be invited, but all candidates should attend the debates to which they are invited! On the second point of the eleven candidates in Toronto Danforth, we have nine confirmed for the March 15 candidates debate at the Don Mills United Church (7:00 p.m.). It is guaranteed to be an evening of excitement. By the way, the two who have not confirmed are: Craig Scott (NDP) and Andrew Keyes (Conservative). But either way an exciting and interesting even is assured for all!
Would be interested in getting your thoughts in the above two polls. Also, this is not the first time this issue has come up. Here is an earlier post describing the problem of candidates being excluded from debates.
“We here in Canada just sit here and let the bastards get away with everything!”
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Organizer Susan Fletcher and moderator Neil Sinclair did a fantastic job – well organized and well run. You can meet the candidates at this account of the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth debate. A similar account is here. Will mix some of my own thoughts/observations with the “Tweets of the evening”.
Ten of the eleven candidates were present and participated. The Libertarian Party candidate did not appear. His absence was a disappointment for those who believe that there may be too much government in Canada. In any case, we were left with ten candidates who (to varying degrees) seem to believe that government is the solution to many of the world’s problems.
So, some impressions – nothing but opinions. I invite your comments. Read the rest of this entry
The Toronto Danforth by-election on March 19 has turned into a Festival of Democracy. There are eleven candidates. The candidate pool includes the candidates of both unregistered and registered political parties and two true independent candidates. The candidate (Leslie Bory) of an unregistered political party (Maple Party of Canada) will appear as an independent on the ballot. The large number of candidates will make for interesting debates, the discussion of a wide range of issues, and tremendous choice. The fact that the outcome of this election will NOT affect the balance of power in the House, gives residents of Toronto Danforth a real opportunity to vote for a candidate. Don’t people always vote for a candidate? Well, technically yes, but in actuality no. In many cases the candidate is simply the mechanism to vote for the party itself. For example check out the following tweet:
For example: I also received the flyer preaching the virtues of Stephen Harper. The flyer gives us all kinds of reasons why. But, I don’t expect to see Stephen Harper on the ballot. Stupid me. I see now. The way to vote for Stephen Harper is to vote for Andrew Keyes (whoever that is). It’s hard to find much reference to him in the ad. There is a picture and a recommendation to vote for him But, that’s it. But, there is really nothing to suggest that:
“The KEY to good representation in Toronto Danforth is to vote for Andrew KEYes”
The flyer does state that it is:
“Authorized by the Official Agent for the Andrew Keyes Campaign”
On March 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. you are encouraged to meet the Toronto Danforth candidates at Applegrove Community Complex:
60 Woodfield Road.
The poster advertising the meeting is below.
Meet Neil Sinclair – the moderator or should we see “Master of Ceremonies”. Neil was a superb candidate in Ward 32 in the 2012 Municipal Election. We have found that Municipal Candidates make very good moderators. In the past both Liz West (Ward 30 candidate) and Jennifer Wood (Ward 29 candidate) have moderated our debates. Meet Neil in the following video. Read the rest of this entry
Eleven candidates only Andrew Keyes has not confirmed participation in the March 15 candidates debate
So, we will invite Andrew Keyes the Conservative candidate again.
In the last Federal Election, the National Post wrote an article about the problem of candidates not appearing in debates. In the April 28, 2011 debate neither the NDP nor the Conservative candidates appeared.
The Toronto Danforth by-election is turning into a festival of democracy. At the time of writing there are now eleven candidates. The latest to register is John Turmel. Mr. Turmel is a veteran candidate who is certain to add to the high level of interest in this election. A fascinating description of Mr. Turmel’s political career may be found here.
A warm welcome to Mr. Turmel.