Last week I attended a local all-candidates debate in my riding for the upcoming federal election on October 14th, 2008. Representatives were there from all of the major parties, and some smaller ones too, including the Green Party, NDP, Liberals, Communists, Conservatives and some party about animal rights.
The format allowed members of the community to ask questions of the panel of candidates. The venue was a small church in the St. Jamestown area, which has a very high proportion of immigrants. I assume that all of the people in attendance are interested in politics, at least enough that they want to make an informed decision as voters. After hearing a few questions it was clear to me that most of the people asking them did not understand the role of the federal government in the lives of Canadians. Many questions were very specific, and aimed at services that are clearly provided by the city. Read the rest of this entry »