Newsflash - Local PC Candidate Matt Stanson to be a guest on 570's Jeff Allan show this morning.
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Ah, there's nothing like a good old All-Candidates' debate to evoke that grass-roots feeling of democracy.
It must be humbling for the incumbent to have to endure a 'job review' as he referred to it. Candidates were forced to field all kinds of questions.
I was able to cross off the Family Coalition guy after he referred to homosexuality being a 'disease' that is 'spreading'. That was pretty out there even for a So-Con like me. And that was in his introduction! No one had even asked a question relating to homosexuality. His platform was basically about the virtues of self-reliance and the importance of family as a cornerstone of society. I definitely agree with the latter.
The Green Party candidate made the statement that "most of Europe" is already meeting the Kyoto protocol. I didn't know that.
The NDP candidate tried to lecture us on the plight of the poor from his comfy position as a teacher with great benefits and a nice pension to look forward to. He is a good speaker though, and should do quite well.
The Liberal incumbent (John Milloy) patted himself on the back at every opportunity and evaded the questions in a masterful display. ( I think they teach them this in 'Liberal school'.) He listed his successes and kept mentioning the plans for a new 'Highway 7' as one of them, even though the natives may have something to say about it.
John is a nice guy though. One thing about him - he's answered just about every email I've ever sent him (unlike a certain federal Liberal MP who shall remain nameless).
Now we get to the PC candidate (Matt Stanson), whom of course had to address the issue of Faith-based funding. He was quite pleased to relay the day's events to us - that John Tory had promised a free vote, so MP's would be allowed to vote their conscience and 'represent the wishes of their constituents'.
Matt said that the message came through loud and clear on the hustings - The overwhelming response was a 'no' to faith-based funding, so that is the way he would vote.
I had a little chat with him afterwards and felt quite reassured that he would indeed represent the will of the riding, which is really what it's all about.
If my beliefs are at odds with the majority, too bad for me but I can live with it.
Yes, democracy still lives.
Go to an all-candidates' debate if you still can.
You won't be disappointed.