The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce is putting on an all candidates forum prior to the Alberta general election, giving the public a chance to meet the candidates, ask questions and hear what their platforms are all about.
The event is taking place at the Lakeland College cafeteria on Wednesday, April 29, where the candidates will introduce themselves, take written questions from the crowd and address any questions or concerns voters may have.
“We’re hoping there will be a good turnout, that people will be interested enough to come out and ask their questions,” said Pat Tenney, executive director of the chamber of commerce. “If someone is unsure about how they’re going to vote - maybe they don’t know the person who’s running - then it gives them that opportunity to meet them and know them a little bit better.”
Though it’s hard to say what issues will discussed, Tenney said health care and fiscal responsibility are two of the big ones that usually come up. She admitted the talks can get a little heated, but assured they have skilled moderators to keep it from becoming a “free-for-all”.
“We want it to be productive and everyone to have an opportunity to be heard. It’s a fairly controlled environment and there is an opportunity for everyone to speak to the candidates before and after the forum,” she said.
She said though every registered party in Alberta is invited to attend, so far only the NDP, Wildrose party and PC candidates are confirmed.
Anyone in the Vermilion-Lloydminster area with questions or comments for the people running, or just want to get a better idea of their policies, is encouraged to attend the forum, fill out a question ballot and hear what the candidates have to say.
“I hope everybody comes out,” said Tenney. “I believe that it’s our responsibility as Albertans to be there and find out what we need to find out and then make sure we get out and vote.”