There will be an all candidates meeting held in the theatre of the North Grenville Municipal Centre tomorrow, Thursday, May 31, with doors opening at 7 pm. Four candidates have confirmed their attendance: (in alphabetical order) Steve Clark, PC Party of Ontario; David Henderson, Ontario Liberal Party; Derek Morley, Green Party; and Michelle Taylor, Ontario NDP.
The format that has been agreed with all candidates is: an opening statement from each one, of five minutes duration. Following that, the floor is open to questions from the public. Each candidate will be free to answer any question, whether addressed to them directly, or not. It is hoped, in this way, to encourage dialogue between the candidates.
The candidates have been invited to set up tables in the lobby of the Municipal Centre for election material, so the public can browse through their offerings before and after the meeting itself. No election signs will be allowed in the theatre, aside from those identifying the candidates in front of their seats.
The meeting is being organised and sponsored by the North Grenville Times, and the moderator for the night will be Dr. David Shanahan, Editor and Publisher of the Times. At the end of the meeting, there will be a closing statement of two minutes each by the candidates.
The Libertarian Party is also running a candidate in this riding, but he has declined to attend the meeting on Thursday.
This is the only all candidate meeting to be scheduled in this part of the riding of Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, so residents from around the region are invited to attend. There is no charge for entry, of course, and audience members are urged to keep their questions and comments both concise and respectful.
The official date for the election is June 7. However, advance voting has already started, and you can also mail in your ballot, if preferred. You should already have received your Voter Information Card in the mail. Remember to bring this with you when you go to vote, along with ID with your photograph on it. Acceptable ID includes Ontario driver’s licence, Ontario photo card, Ontario motor vehicle permit, Statement of government benefits, CNIB ID, Bank statement, credit card statement, utility bill, Residential lease, Mortgage agreement or statement, or a cheque stub.