Comp­ton-Stanstead Can­di­dates’ Fo­rum In North Hatley

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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.

Seen here en­joy­ing the new dog park in Ayer’s Cliff are Zipper, Nikita and Mun­roe, along with a few of the peo­ple who ini­ti­ated the pro­ject: Mar­ion and Bud Lit­tle, Lu­cie Mail­loux and El­iz­a­beth Red­path.

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