Uuestrie Hosts Candidates’ Debate In Compton-Stanstead Riding
The Unitarian Universalist Church in North Hatley (UUEstrie) has organized, for the third time, a debate among the candidates for Member of Parliament for the Compton-Stanstead riding. The event is now planned for Thursday, and not Wednesday as previously announced, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at 201 Main St., North Hatley. It is open to the public.
The organizers invited all five candidates in the riding to participate. Sandrine Gressard Bélanger (Conservative Party), France Bonsant, MP (Bloc Québécois), Gary Caldwell (Green Party), and William Hogg (Liberal Party) have agreed to take part. As of this date, the candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP), Jean Rousseau, has not yet confirmed his participation.
The debate is to follow the same format as the previous candidates’ debates. After short opening statements, each candidate will be asked to respond to a few prepared questions. A half-hour period is then allocated to questions from the audience, and finally, each candidate will be invited to give a closing statement.
According to Me. Jaime Dunton, moderator of the debate, questions are welcome in both English and French. Dunton is a former president of UUEstrie and a former mayor of Hatley.
“We have organized this debate in order to enhance the quality of the democratic process,” said Keith Baxter, president of UUEstrie. “This is an opportunity for candidates to interact with community members in person, and for local people to ask them questions directly.”
The Universalist Church is a spiritual community with a long liberal tradition dating from the 1800s. It is a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council.