Robert Fuller to all candidates
Are you in favour of the partisan Chamber of Commerce/OurNanaimo screening process for the Oct. 15 select candidates event?
ERIN HEMMENS - I appreciate their efforts
to provide an opportunity for residents to interact with Mayor and Council candidates, and for that reason, I support it.
BILL MANNERS - I aim to engage with all residents of the city prior to election day and have been in
touch with the Chamber of Commerce for quite a few months regarding any events they sponsor. I will be there. The Chamber of Commerce has hosted all candidates meetings for as long as I can remember and like all others, I believe they will not stop
candidates from attending.
ZENI MAARTMAN - The four questions that the Chamber/OurNanaimo ask pertain to the roles and responsibilities of a City Councillor, the process and procedures for implementation of ideas or initiatives, and
the structure of City Committees and citizen input. These questions do not lean toward a bias, so I am comfortable for this “thinking outside the box” approach. The new council should be knowledgeable and prepared to implement positive change once
TRENT WHALEY - No. Unfortunately the chamber is hosting the only all candidates event, therefore to be noticed by those not already decided, one must attend.
WENDY PRATT: I do not believe
this is partisan. Everyone can exercise the democratic right to respond. Everyone has the same opportunity here and none of us knows, based on a blind test, who will be chosen. I am counting on the integrity of both groups. I will
respond to the questionnaire and participate if asked to do so.
BRUNIE BRUNIE - No, I do not agree with the Chamber process, it's very undemocratic. What right to they have to choose?
PETER KENT - Having seen
the questions and knowing they go to all candidates, I have no problem with the process. No candidate knows the final outcome and if screened in a “blind” fashion, the outcome should be purely based on content of response.
HUBBARD - No, I am not in favour of this. I believe every citizen has the democratic right to run for office unless legally disqualified. Both of my parents fought in WW2 for that right.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The debate
format does not impinge anyone running for council, it only
determines which candidates will be allowed to participate in the debate.
JIM TURLEY - I have expressed concerns about it, however, I would encourage all candidates to apply as none of us have any idea who will be successful or not. Life is all about competition.
FRED STATHAM - I
have asked OurNanaimo my questions about the format/meeting criteria for the fishbowl forum. I am happy with their answers/clarifications.
DON BONNER - I disagree with the position that it’s partisan. That would mean that both
organizations are favouring certain candidates over others which is not the case here. Each candidate has the opportunity to answer the questions. The answers will be blind reviewed by two groups - the Chamber and OurNanaimo. The two teams will not know who
is writing the answers and MNP will tally their scores. The candidates who score more than 75 out of 100 will be invited to the event. That seems a fair, not unlike what will be happening on Oct. 20. While every person has the right to run for election, that
is not the issue here.
SHERYL ARMSTRONG - One of the concerns I have is there are four incumbents running for Council and the debate is being held on a Council night. Our first priority is to attend the Council meeting. The
organizing committee has the right to hold a debate in whatever format they deem. My preference would be for all candidates be able to attend, however with the numbers it would be very difficult. I will be answering their questions in the hope they will be
GORDON FULLER - It takes courage to put your name forward and no matter the reason for doing so you should have the opportunity to speak. Chamber is breaching their own policy.
3.2 POLITICAL ACTIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT
Policy: 3.2.1 The Chamber, in all representations and actions shall not endorse or have the appearance of endorsing any political party at any government level. The Chamber shall also not endorse, represent or financially assist any candidate participating
in an election campaign.