An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
FEDERAL ELECTION FORUMS at the local level aren’t of much value when it comes to party policies because we’ve heard it all before from the leaders.
What is worthwhile about them is seeing how candidates handle themselves.
That was the case at Tuesday night’s forum at TRU. The turnout was much lighter than such forums in previous election years but those who did attend got a sense of what the candidates are made of.
The forum was ponderous — which is what happens when you allow too many questioners to make speeches and let all seven candidates respond to almost every question — with only a dozen-plus questions fitting into two hours.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.