Saturday, April 6, 2013
Taking the Lead
Clark begs off
all-candidate meetings in her riding
Released by Dermod Travis, Integrity BC
is issuing a challenge to every party leader in B.C.: attend at
least one all-candidates' meeting in your constituency in advance of
the May 14th general election.
The organization issued
the challenge following Premier Christy Clark's decision not to
attend any all-candidates' meetings in her riding of Vancouver-Point
Grey during the campaign.
leaders will be more focused on winning their riding, others the
province, but it's not too much to ask that each find three hours to
attend at least one all-candidates' meeting with their fellow
candidates before voters cast their ballot,” said IntegrityBC
executive director Dermod Travis.
In the May 2011 Vancouver-Point Grey byelection Premier Christy
Clark did not attend a single all-candidates' meeting.
A November 2011 Oraclepoll Research public opinion survey,
commissioned by IntegrityBC, found that seventy per cent of
respondents had a more unfavourable opinion of Clark for refusing to
participate in a single all-candidates' meeting. Ninety-two per cent
agreed that it is important for candidates to attend all candidates
meetings during elections to answer questions from voters.
IntegrityBC is also calling on organizers of all-candidates'
meetings across B.C. to invite every candidate in their riding who
is officially registered with Elections BC. Every registered
candidate has as much right to participate at an all-candidates'
meeting as the Liberal, NDP, Green or Conservative candidates.
“When groups organizing all-candidates' meetings make arbitrary
decisions about which ideas or candidates are important in an
election and which are not, it contributes to the ever rising
cynicism that is gaining far too much traction in B.C.,” said Travis
who noted that nearly half of all eligible voters in B.C. didn’t
vote in 2009.
“Every candidate has a message that they care deeply about and
voters have a right to hear it. That’s how democracy works. It might
be messy, it might require a longer head table, but it’s that's how
our system is meant to work.”
OraclePoll Research public opinion survey can be consulted
For more information, visit
IntegrityBC on social media
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