Toronto Danforth All Candidates 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. Continue reading Toronto Danforth All Candidates Debates – March 7/12 – Some thoughts

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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. Continue reading Thoughts on the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth Candidates Meeting

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”

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

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

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.