De­baters lines read

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff, North Hatley

As de­bates go, the Univer­sal­ist Church one that was held on Mon­day ranks low among the ones that this news­pa­per has wit­nessed over the years, both at the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial level.

And it was as bor­ing as this prepack­aged Amer­i­can style cam­paign could be, an­swers read from cue cards, in­cum­bent MP Jean Rousseau ad­mit­ting that he had for­got­ten his English in a pre­vi­ous de­bate.

Ques­tions from the public that strayed just one bit from the ex­pected were met with head scratch­ing and generic re­sponses, one on the mean­ing of democ­racy get­ting the same lame an­swer from all can­di­dates: ‘Ev­ery vote counts’.

And turnout was ex­tremely low. While for decades the Univer­sal­ist de­bate was the only English one, even if it’s called bilin­gual, this year a lo­cal English news­pa­per de­cided to hold its own. The re­sult on the at­ten­dance was im­me­di­ate.

The best of the evening came when Mr. Rousseau used his con­clud­ing re­mark time to sing John Len­non’s ‘Imag­ine’.

Seen here at Mon­day’s elec­toral de­bate were (l. to r.): mod­er­a­tor Keith Bax­ter, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Gus­tav Labrador, France Bon­sant and Jean Rousseau.

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