Here is the link to the CBC site.
A special thanks to David Langer of Toronto for his extraordinary effort in producing this video and videos of the other candidates debates. We officially award David Langer:
“The Toronto Daforth MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for The Enhancement of Democracy in Toronto Danforth!!”
You will find more of his election videos on his YouTube Channel.
Thanks also to the Candidates who are seeking to be our elected representative in Toronto Danforth. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to public service. Simply holding yourself out as a candidate is an act of public service. We are grateful to you.
This has one of the most interesting races/campaigns ever.
Although only one candidate can get the most votes, each of the candidates is a winner!
Andrew Moran of Digital Journal has written a wonderful report of the March 15 “All Candidates Debate” at Don Mills United Church. It is a must read!!
Here is the beginning:
Toronto – Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win Thursday night’s final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate? Although they most likely won’t win the by-election, the Independents brought forth applause and innovative ideas.The Toronto-Danforth candidates made their final case before residents cast their votes Monday for the federal by-election. The two-hour debate featured the Independent and minor political party candidates providing different insights into the political sphere as opposed to the four major political candidates. Nine of the 11 candidates answered questions about the economy, the environment, what the role of government ought to be and the now infamous Bill C-30, which has garnered a lot of negative responses from Canadians across the country. The polls indicate that New Democratic Party candidate Craig Scott, who sported an orange tie Thursday night, will most likely win Monday’s contest. However, the raucous crowd was as much behind the Independent candidates as they were for Liberal Party candidate Grant Gordon, Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Scott.
Read more with pictures and video: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/321271#ixzz1pNMRgXDY
We the independent and small parties candidates of the Toronto/Danforth By Election wish to issue a joint statement at this time as the main stream corporate media tends to marginalize the true voice of the people in favor of the established main stream political parties.
We feel that certain issues are not being addressed by these main stream parties because they run contrary to the agenda of the corporate and banking systems that have been controlling the political agenda for some time.
We as a group feel that Canada is in dire need for reforms to its system of governance, First of which is monetary reform and a return to utilizing the Bank of Canada to regain control of the issuance of currency.
Second that a national Initiative be undertaken to reform both the parliamentary and electoral systems to ensure a more accurate and fair system of governance.
And lastly an end to the policies of globalization and integration to ensure Canadian sovereignty and self determination.
Without these issues being addressed we believe democracy in Canada may become ineffective and in danger of disappearing completely.
This is the question posed by the producer of this YouTube video.
The commentary attached to the video:
Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win Thursday night’s final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate? Although they most likely won’t win the by-election, the Independents brought forth applause and innovative ideas.
Okay, so win lose or draw the Independent and minor political parties were heard!
The March 15, 2012 debate at Don Mills United Church, was well attended and with the large number and diverse range of candidates, it was a true “Festival of Democracy”.
In the words of one candidate:
Twitter has arrived as a participant in the Toronto Danforth Debates. To see the discussion unfold from the perspective of the Green Party see the above tweets.
So, what happened? It was the only televised debate. The one hour debate included Grant Gordon, Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Craig Scott. Depending on your perspective these “main party” candidates were either the “main event” or the “warm up” for the five minutes of Christopher Porter and Bahman Yazdanfar at the end.
Watch the video of the debate here.
In any case, some thoughts: Continue reading March 8 Rogers “Some Candidates” Debate – 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
Wednesday March 7, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – 86 Blake St. – Toronto
Update!! In a victory for Toronto Danforth democracy – the organizers of the debate have reversed their position and all candidates on the ballot are to be invited!! Great news – a victory for reason and common sense.
Not only should all candidates be invited, but all candidates should attend the debates to which they are invited! On the second point of the eleven candidates in Toronto Danforth, we have nine confirmed for the March 15 candidates debate at the Don Mills United Church (7:00 p.m.). It is guaranteed to be an evening of excitement. By the way, the two who have not confirmed are: Craig Scott (NDP) and Andrew Keyes (Conservative). But either way an exciting and interesting even is assured for all!
Would be interested in getting your thoughts in the above two polls. Also, this is not the first time this issue has come up. Here is an earlier post describing the problem of candidates being excluded from debates.