EDITORIAL: Debate Rules

Citizens turning out to ask questions is a key part of the local political process.

Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. the four by-election candidates for the vacant City of Castlegar council seat will have three minutes to expand upon their political platforms in their opening presentations of a debate at the Sandman Hotel in Castlegar.

Those three minutes are unlikely to tell citizens all that much about specific matters that concern them, but there’s a solution to that.

Be there and take your turn in stepping up to the microphone to ask questions of each of the four election hopefuls: Kirk Duff, Antoinette Halberstadt, Tyler Maddocks and Florio Vassilakakis.

Short of revolution, this type of gathering is your best way to participate in the process of deciding how money is spent, who receives it and how the City of Castlegar is shaped and reshaped heading into the future.

The last question will be conducted at 8:20 p.m. It’s our sincere hope that there is a large turnout.

The rules have been established by the sponsor, the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce, and you get a lot of bang for your buck (it’s obviously free to attend, of course).

During the question period, questions will be received from the floor in spoken form only.

Questions will alternate between media panel and the public. The public will approach the microphone, identify themselves and address a question to one candidate. The moderator will read the written question and address it to one specific candidate.  The candidate will be limited to two minutes to respond to the question.  Additional candidates can respond upon completion of first candidate’s response.  Additional candidate responses will be limited to one minute.

Depending on your level of involvement in city concerns, asking questions could save you time at the ballot box. Voting day is Saturday, Sept. 14.