The Toronto Danforth Candidates debate is tomorrow night – April 28, 2011 starting at 8:00 p.m. The doors will be open by 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your questions. Once again the location is:
Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor
As part of the process of organizing this event (and it has not always been easy) we have presented you with a series of polls. For the most part these polls have been to learn views about what is most important in the campaign. Is it the party, the leader or the candidate? Should your MP live in your riding? The questions and results have been interesting.
Here are the questions and responses:
Should your MP live in the Toronto Danforth riding?
This was evenly split between those who think residency should be a requirement and those who don’t think the question was relevant. A small minority (1 in 9) think that the candidate should not be required to live in the riding. For the record, three of the five candidates live in Toronto Danforth. These are the three who will be participating in the debate.
Should “All” candidates be invited to a Candidates debate?
Two thirds think that all candidates should be invited and one third think that only the candidates of registered parties should be invited. Of course we invited all five candidates to participate. The Conservative and NDP candidates declined our invitation. Interestingly, neither the Conservative nor NDP candidate appeared on the Goldhawk debate on April 26. In some ridings, it has been very difficult for Independent and “Fringe Party” (whatever that means – did the Conservatives become a “Fringe Party” in 1993?) candidates to participate.
On this note – here is an excerpt from one of the posts on this blog:
“All-candidate meetings/debates should be for all registered candidates. Independent candidates are a truer species of democratic candidate and should always be encouraged to participate.”
Should candidates be required to attend candidates’ debates?
A full 88.89% think that candidates should be required to attend. The remaining minority think it should be a decision of the candidate. We agree. It’s too bad that Toronto Danforth residents will not get the chance to see all the candidates together. Hey, we tried.
Should candidates make themselves available to the media?
80% of you think candidates should make themselves available to the media. The remaining think that the party should control whether candidates engage with the media. We have been unable to locate a single appearance or media interview that included the Conservative candidate in Toronto Danforth.
Should the name of the party (party affiliation) be placed beside the name of the candidate on the ballot?
Interestingly 2/3 think that the party affiliation should be place beside the candidate. 1/6 think that only the name of the Candidate should appear. Interestingly, 1/6 think that only the name of the party leader should appear. As you know that party affiliation of the candidate will appear on the ballot. You might not know, that this is a fairly recent development. Prior to 1972 only the name of the candidate was on the ballot. Does that suggest (as many think it does) that the individual candidates have become less and less relevant?