Debates are a very important part of the democratic process. That said, it is clear that debates are used and manipulated by parties and candidates to improve their position. Some candidates simply refuse to appear. It is next to impossible to find a Conservative Party candidate appearing at any debate in Toronto. It is no surprise that the Conservative “Candidate” in Toronto Danforth has refused to appear in the April 28 Toronto Danforth All Candidates debate. She has nothing to lose but everything to gain – don’t know why she won’t appear.
Once again, the NDP “Candidate” Jack Layton has refused to appear in any debates in Toronto Danforth. I suppose that Mr. Layton feels that he has nothing to gain and only something to lose. He seems to have forgotten that his primary that he has a seat in the House of Commons only because of the voters of Toronto Danforth. (By the way he was also offered the opportunity to appear by Skype) – but the message from Mr. Layton’s campaign team is clear:
Jack Layton will not appear in an all candidates debate in Toronto Danforth. Once again, his will be an empty seat.
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