Debaters lines read
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.