PROPOSAL: Community-organized 'All Candidates Meetings'
in ridings around the province prior to the election
Proposal from: Council of Canadians – Fredericton Chapter
To: All NBEN member and associate groups and all interested individuals
We are asking groups and individuals to host all-candidates meetings in their ridings. This is easy to do!
Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. These meetings will be citizen-led and non-partisan.
These meetings are extremely easy to organize. We simply need an individual, a community group, or a union to book a venue in their riding for the first week of September. Invitations would then be delivered or e-mailed to all the candidates [see sample letter below that was used in Fredericton South] at least two to three [2-3] months in advance of the meeting.
For the meeting, only one moderator is necessary to introduce the candidates, and also to keep track of the time limit that candidates have to answer each question from the audience. A donation jar can be circulated at the meeting to pay for the cost of the venue plus advertising posters.
Here is the simple outline of the meeting:
• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience.
• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor.
• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond.
• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.
The best time for the meeting in each riding would be the 1st week in September, after people return from vacation, and before the advance polling starts. According to the Elections New Brunswick website - FAQ Information, it says that "The first advance polling day is 9 days prior to the election. The second advance polling day is the Monday, 7 days prior to the election." This means that the advance polling for the Sept. 22nd election will start sometime in the 2nd week of September.
Where possible, we would like to have All Candidates meetings broadcast live [live streamed] on the Internet. Each meeting would be saved and archived on YouTube for future viewing, to allow as many people as possible an opportunity to view proceedings and hear the candidates’ positions on the issues.
SAMPLE INVITATION ONLY
April 30, 2014
RE: INVITATION TO ‘MEET THE CANDIDATES Q&A’, THURSDAY, SEPT. 04, 2014
As citizen organizers of the Voice Of The People tour, we are pleased to offer a valuable opportunity for all candidates in the upcoming provincial election to engage and interact with their constituents. Meet the Candidates Q&A town hall meetings will be organized for a number of ridings around New Brunswick, where candidates from each political party will have the opportunity to present their positions prior to the elections. These citizen-led meetings will be non-partisan and described as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”.
For Fredericton South, the Meet the Candidates Q&A will be held on September 4, 2014 at Christ Church Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street from 7:00-9:00 pm. This event will be well advertised in advance as a chance for the public to clarify each candidate’s perspective on a variety of issues, to better inform their decision later that month in the provincial election.
This is a formal invitation for you, as the announced candidates for Fredericton South, to attend and participate in this debate. Invitations will go out to all other candidates for Fredericton South when they are announced.
At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience. Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor. After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond. At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.
All candidates are asked to confirm attendance at this event by May 15, 2014 by sending a reply to [Email Address]. We trust that you will appreciate the generous lead time to prepare for this event.
Member Council of Canadians-Fredericton Chapter
Constituent Fredericton South
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1) Need community meetings to generate ideas about creating our own industries, just like at this town hall meeting
2) Our water must be protected!
3) Stop the centralization of power and industry in NB ( lack of democracy)
4) Moratorium on shale gas
5) We want long term jobs for our children and a clean future
6) Bring back sustainable forestry not plantations
7) Business opportunities for wind energy in NB
8) Need more tools to create small, local economies
9) Keep our children here by rural development
10) Home owners need incentives to generate own power i.e. Solar, biogas, windmill
1. Government should represent people not the Irvings (18)
2. Create local jobs that stay in the community (10)
- Stop media control by Irving (9)
- Kick the Alward government out (9)
- Pressure government to kick-start renewable energy (9)
- Give back control of our forests to NBers. Remove control by Irving (8)
- No pipeline (8)
- Elect politicians who don't want shale gas (8)
- Create your own job - more opportunity for small business, self sufficiency (7)
- Cultivate Hemp (7)
6. Promote food products from our forests, ecotourism, native medicines (6)
- Keep big logs and trees and process them here, add value (4)
- Community owned and run forestry (4)
- Policies to replace imports with domestic goods (4)
Study successful plans in Vermont, Nova Scotia, etc and implement here in NB (4)
- Community gardens (3)
- Maintain good jobs, education and health care (3)
- People need to get informed (3)
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Below are the results of the
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- red dot poll
- shale gas
- air pollution
- water pollution
- food Security
- election report card
- énergie renouvelables NB
- renewable energy
- investment incentive tools for local economic development
- SLAPP suit
- speak truth to power
- oil and gas industry
- natural resources
- SWN Resources Canada
1) NB's democratic deficit is stifling our ability to have an effective public voice to counter government and industry control
2) Something needs to be done about corporate media control in NB
3) We need better transparency about what has been happening in Penobsquis
- Stop subsidizing large corporations
- Regulations will not protect us
5) NB needs more emphasis on sustainable industry incentives
6) Proportional representation is needed for electoral reform
- Community economic development investment funds and other investment tools are needed to support local community development
- Concern for lack of accurate information and industry truth
8) Reduce toxins - Take NB out of a sacrifice zone
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1) Stop (moratorium or ban) shale gas in NB to protect our water and 7 generations
2) Protect our aquifers
3) Take corporations out of politics
- We need value-added here in NB, e.g. wood products
- Allow hemp industry in NB
- NB must provide a complete set of tools to allow citizens, communities and co-ops, farmers, etc. to invest in local energy projects
- Community economic development investment funds
- Good feed-in tariff rate
- Investment tax credits for co-ops
- Begin community discussions on creating renewable energy opportunities
- Stop forest agreement with Irving. We need to get our crown forests back
- Change the way we vote: Kick out the Liberals and PC’s and vote in other party candidates
- Focus on renewable energy and our own communities. We need to take care of ourselves and do it sustainably. e.g. local food and local forestry
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE TOUR: Red Dot Poll Results Summary for Fredericton South, April 30, 2014
1) Moratorium on shale gas
2) Public health
3) New Brunswick needs diverse set of solutions for jobs / economy
- clean energy
- Local value aded products
- local agriculture and forestry
4) Sustainable jobs. Clean jobs.
5) Forest management agreement with JD Irving must be stopped
6) First Nations should be consulted before entering into resource agreements
7) No 'gag' orders and non-disclosure agreements should be allowed in NB
8) Radioactive waste water
9) Solar power
10) Clean energy
The Council of Canadians - Fredericton Chapter will announce to the public at tonight's meeting that it is organizing a ‘Meet the Candidates Q&A’ for the riding of Fredericton South.
This ‘Meet the Candidates Q&A’ meeting will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Invitations have just gone out to the known candidates David Coon (Green Party), Kelly Lamrock (NDP), and Craig Leonard (PC and the incumbent MLA). The purpose of this meeting is to provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions of their MLA candidates and to hear their positions on issues which concern constituents.
The Council of Canadians - Fredericton Chapter will be encouraging communities across the province to organize their own ‘Meet the Candidates’ Q&A meetings. All of these meetings will be citizen-led and non-partisan.
DATE:Wednesday evening, April 30, 2014
LOCATION: Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church St. Fredericton NB
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