MacKenzie Offers to Help Promote Public Debate
For Immediate Release
Ottawa- In what may surprise the voters of Ottawa West-Nepean, there is still no opportunity during this election period for voters to put questions to the four candidates in the riding in a public debate forum.
Having no such forum for voters to question candidates may benefit the big parties but it harms democracy, according to Mark MacKenzie, candidate for the Green Party of Canada.
"With only two weeks remaining in this important federal election campaign, I am calling on community leaders to rally together, get locations and dates on an expedient basis for public debate in Ottawa West-Nepean," urged MacKenzie, who ran in the 2010 provincial by-election that saw neither the Liberal or PC candidate attend the lone debate in that campaign.
"There is still time, and I am hopeful that this situation willnot be repeated. I am appealing to community leaders to take action now toorganize public debates that will be attended by all candidates," said MacKenzie.
MacKenzie has heard a lot of frustration about Nortel and other issues at the door. "People want to ask John Baird why somebody so highly placed in the Government of Canada did not represent his constituents, but sat around and did nothing while Nortel was wiped out and the best parts of it sold off to other countries. They want to know where the Liberal Party of Canada was while this was happening. They have many other questions as well."
MacKenzie said he is willing to put his team of volunteers behind promoting debates. Anyone in Ottawa West-Nepean is free to call him, he said, once they have a venue and date.
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