White Rock civic candidates spoke at the last all candidates meeting at White Rock Community Centre

White Rock all candidates meeting set for Monday

Forum gives residents a last chance to hear issues, ask questions

White Rock candidates have another unexpected chance to present their platforms to city voters in advance of the Nov. 15 civic election.

An all-candidates meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10, 7:30 to 10 p.m. at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave.

The meeting is sponsored by the city-based Democracy Direct Society, which president Raynard von Hahn said was incorporated in 2005 to “support and encourage improvement of the electoral process through fair and free elections and greater accountability and transparency.”

Von Hahn, a lawyer, said the organization has a constitutional right to endorse candidates – “but we’re not proposing any candidates in this election and we’re not going to,” he said.

He said Democracy Direct anticipated holding an all-candidates meeting during this election, but was only able to get confirmation of the venue on Monday.

While, as of Wednesday, only a couple of candidates had responded to personal invitations to the meeting, he was expecting some 90 per cent of the candidates on the basis of the society’s first all-candidates meeting held during the last White Rock civic election.

The meeting will be relatively unstructured, and members of the public are invited to bring questions that will be put forward to the candidates.

“We want to keep it open, within the boundaries of respectful comment and debate,” he said.

For information, call 604-531-6871.


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