An All-Candidates Meeting is being held tonight, Oct. 14 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
The debate starts at 6:30 p.m. with the debate starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Benson Ballroom.
“Educated and engaged voters are one of the keys to good government”, said Kim Smythe, Chamber President & Chief Executive Officer. “Because we have what looks like a tight race locally and nationally, it’s important to get as much information to voters as possible.”
Tables will be provided in the lobby for each candidate to present their campaign information and act as a focal point for discussions.
The interaction will go on for about an hour before candidates take to the stage for the formal debate part of the evening. The four federal parties will be represented by candidates Mark MacDonald (Conservatives), Sheila Malcolmson (NDP), Paul Manly (Green Party) and Tim Tessier (Liberals).
“We’ve set aside 90 minutes for debate between the candidates and questions from the audience,” says Smythe. “Questions need to be provided in advance by email to the Chamber. Questions will also be taken from the floor and scrutinized for the moderator. Candidates will not have the questions in advance.” noted Smythe.
Admission is free, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, and questions on any subject may be emailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The debates lead up to the federal election set for Oct. 19