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Toronto Danforth Candidates – March 15, 2012 – Final Debate before voting

 

 

A special thanks to David Langer of Toronto for his extraordinary effort in producing this video and videos of the other candidates debates. We officially award David Langer:

“The Toronto Daforth MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for The Enhancement of Democracy in Toronto Danforth!!”

You will find more of his election videos on his YouTube Channel.

Thanks also to the Candidates who are seeking to be our elected representative in Toronto Danforth. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to public service. Simply holding yourself out as a candidate is an act of public service. We are grateful to you.

This has one of the most interesting races/campaigns ever.

Although only one candidate can get the most votes, each of the candidates is a winner!

Did the Independent candidates win final Toronto-Danforth debate? Special

Andrew Moran of Digital Journal has written a wonderful report of the March 15 “All Candidates Debate” at Don Mills United Church. It is a must read!!

 

Here is the beginning:

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Toronto – Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win Thursday night’s final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate? Although they most likely won’t win the by-election, the Independents brought forth applause and innovative ideas.
The Toronto-Danforth candidates made their final case before residents cast their votes Monday for the federal by-election. The two-hour debate featured the Independent and minor political party candidates providing different insights into the political sphere as opposed to the four major political candidates. Nine of the 11 candidates answered questions about the economy, the environment, what the role of government ought to be and the now infamous Bill C-30, which has garnered a lot of negative responses from Canadians across the country. The polls indicate that New Democratic Party candidate Craig Scott, who sported an orange tie Thursday night, will most likely win Monday’s contest. However, the raucous crowd was as much behind the Independent candidates as they were for Liberal Party candidate Grant Gordon, Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Scott.

Read more with pictures and video: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/321271#ixzz1pNMRgXDY

 

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Toronto Danforth All Candiates Debates – March 7/12 – Some thoughts

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

Thoughts on the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth Candidates Meeting

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

Toronto Danforth Debate – March 1, 2012 – Preview

Parties get behind their candidates – but is this election about the parties?

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:

https://twitter.com/#!/christindal/status/174667918464925697

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”

Read the rest of this entry

Meet the Canadidates – Applegrove – March 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

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.

applegrove

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

Voter Apathy – The inevitable result of political parties and the “first past the post” system

The Problem of Voter Apathy – Looking To Form An Anti-Apathy Coalition

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport! On March 19, 2012 get out and vote!

First Reason For  Voter Apathy – Politics is Nothing But  a Party for the Parties!

The last few posts have been about the problem of political parties.  The political  process  is dominated  by the parties. (But, it doesn’t have to be that way.)

To be specific  the party candidates are loyal to the Party and not to the residents of the riding.   People tend to NOT be interested in people who  are NOT interested in them. Since the parties are not interested in the people, the people are not interested in the parties. Since the parties ARE politics, people are not interested in politics. That may be the reason why there is so much apathy in politics. The voting turnout in the last Ontario Election (October 2011) was as low as it has ever been.

Interestingly, there was much more interest in the 2010 Municipal election. All of the candidates are (at least in theory) independent. (Although the NDP continues to support its candidates in Municipal elections. Both Toronto Wards 29 and 30 are cases in point.) This does make the candidates more responsive to the voters. Read the rest of this entry

Another Independent – Leslie Bory running as Independent in Toronto Danforth

Awesome!! This is turning out to be the most exciting election in years. Yesterday, we welcomed Independent Candidate Bahman Yazdanfar to the ballot in Toronto Danforth. Today, we are thrilled to see that Leslie Bory is also running as an Independent. A warm welcome and congratulations to Leslie.

Like Bahman, Leslie is an experienced Independent – having run in the 2010 Vaughn by-election (as did Dorian Baxter) and again in Brant in 2011. Running as an Independent can be addictive. Leslie is included in John Turmel’s dream team of Candidates.

Looking forward to learning more about Leslie. Hope you are participating in the debate on March 15!

 

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