Nova Scotians go to the polls Oct. 8, 2013.
The Avon Chamber of Commerce is calling on citizens of Hants West to get acquainted with the local candidates vying for votes in the upcoming provincial election.
Hants West incumbent MLA Chuck Porter, a Progressive Conservative seeking re-election, Liberal candidate Claude O’Hara, NDP contender Brian Stephens and Green Party hopeful Torin Buzek have been invited to participate in a Hants West provincial election debate the chamber is hosting Oct. 2, at King’s-Edgehill School, from 7-9 p.m.
Rob Frost, a director with the chamber, says the purpose of the debate is to help voters make informed decisions when they cast their ballots.
“The party platform doesn’t necessarily reflect your candidate as well as hearing what they have to say and how they say it,” Frost said.
“It’s really important that people get to know their candidates a little bit.”
Joe Seagram, the headmaster at King’s-Edgehill School, has been selected as the moderator for the debate.
While the chamber is still working on finalizing the structure of the evening, Frost says there will be time for opening comments, a series of questions and some “get to know you” questions.
In an effort to ensure several subjects are discussed, the chamber is asking the public to submit questions they’d like asked at the event by Sept. 30. A subcommittee of the chamber will select which questions will be asked at the public forum.
“We want to try to make sure we cover as many topics as we can and make sure everybody gets heard.”
Questions can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, dropped off at the Hants Journal office at 86 Gerrish Street, or submitted to Hants Journal staff via phone at (902) 798-8371.
The Hants Journal will be live blogging the debate using Cover It Live on our website. To get involved with the live conversation, use #HantsWestVotes on Twitter, send tweets to @HantsJournal, or send your comments via the website.