I watched the local Cogeco Cable coverage of an all candidate question and answer session this morning (a re-run from last night’s broadcast).
Frankly, I don't know why they bothered. We are bombarded daily with information from the national campaigns of all parties, yet the organizers of this session chose to, almost exclusively, make this about the national campaign, with questions such as what the parties will do for child poverty in Canada.
What I tuned in to hear was what our potential local representatives planned to do for Burlington. I can read and hear, so already have a pretty good idea what’s in store for us nationally.
Conservative candidate Mike Wallace remains the only candidate who seems focused on Burlington. The others just parrot their parties’ national campaigns without even trying to give specifics of how these policies and promises relate directly to the City of Burlington.
Here’s my reaction to the broadcast:
- Green Party, Marnie Mellish: in far over her head. Nothing meaningful about Burlington.
- David Laird, NDP: totally focused on the national platform.
- Paddy Torsney, Liberal: focused almost entirely on the national platform and misrepresented the Green Shift as an income tax reduction policy and tried unsuccessfully to downplay the massive tax burden it would place on the citizens of her riding.
- Mike Wallace, Conservative: could point to several Burlington-specific accomplishments. Mike was not as smooth in his delivery as I would have like to see, but based on the substance and “honesty” of the answers, I saw Mike as the clear winner.