In summary Toronto Danforth Debates was created by Toronto Danforth residents:
1. To ensure that debates for the Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections actually take place; and
2. To ensure that all candidates are invited to participate in those debates.
Both Canadian Federal and Provincial politics are dominated by the parties and the leaders with little emphasis on the candidates. After all, it is a candidate who will be elected to represent the riding of Toronto Danforth.
We always hear from the party leaders!
It is important that we have the opportunity to question the candidates for Toronto Danforth!
Many Canadians are apathetic and believe that there is a “Democracy Deficit” in Canada. Part of the reason is the lack of political debates and the fact that many candidates (who are not the candidates of the Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green parties) are not invited to participate in the debates. What kind of debate is possible when only main party candidates are invited to the debate?
As a result, the voters are deprived of the opportunity to hear from all the candidates and compare them. In fact, in the 2011 Federal Election, we organized the only candidates debate in Toronto Danforth. Who is “we?” Toronto Danforth Debates was created by Toronto Danforth residents, including John Richardson – a 30 year resident of Toronto Danforth. John has run as an Independent Candidate both Federally and Provincially. He has also run for City Council. He is also the only candidate to have actually taken the initiative to organize a debates in Toronto Danforth. Much of the logistical work has been by other community members.
In Summary – Toronto Danforth Debates is a Community organized initiative:
– organized by individual Toronto Danforth Residents
– for Toronto Danforth Residents
– to ensure that Toronto Danforth residents have the opportunity to meet ALL CANDIDATES!
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