Letter: Looking forward to grilling candidates

I hope at meetings candidates will discuss the economy, leadership, security, healthcare, the environment, muzzling of federal scientists…

To the editor:

Re: Local Tory Candidates Not Afraid to Face the Public (Sept. 2, Capital News). Online version is titled: Local Conservative candidates won’t be muzzled http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/323788141.html)

The Toronto Star story by Richard J. Brennan and Robert Benzie quoted an unnamed Conservative Party insider saying the message to Tory candidates in this campaign has been “no debates and no media.”

Both Mr. Cannan and Mr. Albas have agreed to participate in all-candidate “meetings”. But a debate is more formal than a meeting/forum, which resemble “meet-and-greet” events with few, if any, hardball questions asked of candidates.

I hope the upcoming meetings with candidates include time to discuss topics including: the economy, leadership, security, healthcare, the environment, muzzling of federal scientists, veterans, and how to engage more youth in the political process.

Phil Johnson of Radio AM 1150 has mentioned he is trying to organize one or more of all-candidate forums/debates. Perhaps these forums/debates could also be live streamed on radio, cable TV and other media platforms, so those who cannot attend can review in an online archives.

I asked Mr. Cannan four questions in an email dated Aug. 28, and did not receive a reply. Perhaps he (and Mr. Albas) can respond in an open letter to the Capital News.

Questions:

1. How do you answer the following statement: Those working in the PMO – under Mr. Harper’s direction – control the MPs.

Yes or No?

2. Have you read the book: Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy (2014) by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan?

3. Are the forums you have agreed to (so far) include questions from the audience?

4. Are you willing to participate in one or more formal debates?

David Buckna, Kelowna

 

Just Posted

McCurdy project in Rutland gets go-ahead from Kelowna councillors

Controversial supportive housing project expected to break ground this summer

UPDATE: Man possibly arrested at Rutland stand off

Water is flooding Highway 33 in Kelowna Monday afternoon

Judas Priest rocks Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Judas Priest is on a 32 date tour of North America

Restrictive policies affecting labour mobility for care aides in B.C.

‘I had to take two competency exams and pay over $1,400,’ said an Okanagan care aide

Kelowna fundraiser brings in almost $100,000 for diabetes research

2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraiser has been in Kelowna for 17 years

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Emerging artists given chance at Shuswap’s Roots Blues Festival

Chosen participants can perform two 40-minute sets on the Wednesday or Thursday night, and more.

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

Most Read