Federal Election 2015 Debates: One Down, One to Go
A full house of close to 300 people attended the 'Energy, Climate and Our Future' federal debate at EMCS on Sept. 16. Transition Sooke served as local host for the evening, the first in a series of five South Island debates presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association and the Dogwood Initiative.
Candidates Randall Garrison, Frances Litman and David Merner tackled a series of prepared questions focused on sustainable energy, green jobs, pipeline projects and the National Energy Board. They then fielded queries from the audience on such hot-button topics as First Nations rights, proportional representation, fracking, Coast Guard cutbacks and vote splitting.
The trio noted repeatedly how much common ground they shared while also identifying significant party differences. They agreed their shared goal is the defeat of Stephen Harper's government on Oct. 19.
Kudos to moderator Maja Tait for fairly and firmly keeping the debate on track. Thanks also to the night's organizing team - Roland Alcock, Gail Armitage, Jeff Bateman, Diane Bernard and Ron Ramsay - and our four local sponsors: A Sea of Bloom, Seaflora Seaweed Skincare, the Sooke Harbour House and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery.
Videographer Dante Chicano had some technical difficulties but all credit to him for working hard to assemble this hour-long version
of the evening.
Absentee Conservative candidate Shari Lukens will be joining her ballot rivals for the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce debate at the Prestige Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 6 - the second and last federal debate
in Sooke this election year. Rotarian David Stocks returns as the Chamber's go-to moderator for a debate starting at 7 p.m.