Compton-Stanstead Candidates’ Forum In North Hatley
Unitarian Universalist Church in North Hatley (UUEstrie) is to host a bilingual all-candidates forum on Monday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m., at 201 Main Street, corner of Gagnon Street, in North Hatley. It is open to the public.
candidates for the position of Member of Parliament for the Compton-Stanstead riding have already confirmed their presence. They are MarieClaude Bibeau (Liberal Party), France Bonsant (Bloc Québécois), and Jean Rousseau, MP (New Democratic Party). Organizers are awaiting a response from Gustavo Labrador, Conservative Party candidate, and the Green Party, which has not yet named a candidate for this riding.
debate is to follow the same format as the previous candidates’ debates organized by UUEstrie during elections in 2006, 2008 and 2011. 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.
to Keith Baxter, moderator of the debate, questions are welcome in both English and French. Baxter is a former president of UUEstrie and a professor of economics at Bishop’s University.
“It’s all about democracy, democracy in practice. It’s a citizens’ democracy. And I want to meet the candidates,” Baxter said. “This is an opportunity for candidates to interact with community members in person, and for local people to ask them questions directly.”
Compton-Stanstead riding covers the RCMs of Coaticook, Haut-Saint-François, the eastern half of Memphrémagog, and part of the Val-Saint-François, and part of the city of Sherbrooke, including Lennoxville.
is a spiritual community with a long liberal tradition dating from the 1800s. It is a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council.
Our values include the right of conscience and the use of democratic process,” said Rev. Carole Martignacco, pastor of UUEstrie. “We are committed to working toward a peaceful, equitable world community.”
more information, contact 819-842-4146 or info@ uuestrie.ca, or visit www.uuestrie.ca or Facebook UU Estrie.
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