EDITORIAL: Improve all-candidates meetings

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

With the nomination lists now complete and the candidates out on the campaign trail talking to people around the Comox Valley, the 2014 election campaign is in full swing.

One of the ways that voters have traditionally gained a better understanding of the views of their candidates for mayor, council or school board is by attending all-candidates meetings.

On the surface, such gatherings appear to offer a reasonable vehicle for people seeking office to communicate their platform or how they might change things if elected, and for voters looking for one last piece of information to help them make their choices.

In reality, such meetings tend to offer little in the way of meat for people to chew on. It’s not so much due to a lack of good questions asked of the candidates, but more due to the format they usually adhere to. The limited time frame is a frequent enemy of a good all-candidates meeting, especially in municipalities or jurisdictions where a large number of candidates are on the ballot.

Too often, by the time two hours or so is expired, candidates have barely got a chance to describe themselves and what they would hope to accomplish in office.

So what is a well-meaning community group or business organization to do? The answer isn’t exactly clear, but voters are not really being served by using the same old formats.

To date, there have been all candidate meetings announced for Cumberland and Comox; both on Nov. 3. Hopefully one will be announced for Courtenay as well. And hopefully, the people and groups running these information sessions find a way to make them meaningful to the voters who take time out of their busy evenings to attend them.

At the end of the day, however, the onus falls on the candidates. You want to get elected? Get out and do the legwork of meeting people and telling your story on your own time.

 

–Adapted from the Goldstream News Gazette

 

 

Just Posted

Transitioning back into the world

Courtenay man had been living outdoors before starting Sally Ann program

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Liquor store robbery suspect arrested

The Comox Valley RCMP have identified the suspect in relation to the… Continue reading

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Most Read