Balanced debate

Now that an election appears imminent I have two requests for those organizations that sponsor  all candidates meetings.  Firstly, it would be appreciated if all the candidates confirm the date  before the venue is booked and advertised so they have no excuse for not attending.

As we know, democracy relies heavily on getting accurate and up to date information and the best source of information is from the candidates themselves.  During the last three elections, both provincial and federal, I have gone to several all candidates meetings, expecting a good debate, but unfortunately, one or two of the candidates were a “no show”.

This is frustrating and insulting to the audience.

Secondly, if sponsoring an all candidates meeting, please ensure that you have an experienced and fair moderator, as this person’s role is critical to a fair and well balanced debate.

M. J. Jordan,