March 15, 2012 – Toronto Danforth All Candidates – Don Mills United Church – 7:00 p.m. 126 O’Connor

Doors open at 6:30  p.m. – Meeting/Debate Will Start at 7:00 p.m – Will end at 9:00 p.m.

Information for  Candidates:

Please note that due to the large number  of candidates, we ask that you operate within within the following framework.

Candidates are encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m. and be seated by 7:00 p.m.

Candidates are encouraged  to linger from 9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. to answer any specfic questions

Candidates will be given signs with their name on one side  and both their name and any party affiliation on the other.  They should choose which side to display to the audience.

Candidates will be  given 30 seconds at the beginning to introduce themselves.

Candidates will be given 90 seconds to make  a closing statement. We ask that the closing statement be a completion of  the following sentence:

“When people are voting on March 19, the most important thing they should remember  about me as their MP for Toronto Danforth is …”

General format:

7:00 – 7:10 – Opening Remarks – Introduction of  Candidates

There will be questions formulated  around  most of the following broad themes  (and possibly more):

1. The economy

2. Government Entitlement Programs

3. The role  of the MP

4. Civil Liberties

5. The Environment

All candidates will have  an opportunity to respond to each  question and will  have 90 seconds to do so. Depending on time, follow-up questions may be taken  from  the audience. The follow up questions may be directed to any one or more of the candidates.

Finally, (assuming we are  able to stay on track),  each candidate will have the opportunity to ask another candidate a question. This will begin by one candidate drawing the name of another candidate and asking that candidate a question. The candidate answering then will then draw the name of another candidate, etc. Each candidate answering will have 60 seconds to answer. Please think about your questions in advance. It should be simple question that should be answerable  in  “yes”, “no” format.

Finally, closing statements in the above format.


4 thoughts on “March 15, 2012 – Toronto Danforth All Candidates – Don Mills United Church – 7:00 p.m. 126 O’Connor”

  1. Thank you for a great debate last night. The moderator did a great job keeping a stimulating evening with his innovative way of engaging both the audience and the candidates. It was truly a great day for democracy.

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