CFN – Nobody won Wednesday night at the All candidates debate. The three main candidates all had some bright and shining moments and some clunkers.
Having some actual debate finally had some of them showing some of their real colours and for some cases strengths. It also convinced me that as a voter I truly only want to hear the contenders; as the event was marred by the Libertarian candidate making some remarks that he expressed which he wanted to apologize for and you can hear live this morning on Seawayradio.com at 9:00 AM.
Mayor Jim McDonell showed that his Mr. McFuddle moniker applied mostly to when he was sticking to his script; literally, because when he was in the thick of it he sounded quite lucid whether it was bashing unions or suggesting that he and his government would somehow if elected create thousands of jobs while cutting public services. I think it’s called Fuddle Duddle Math?
Elaine MacDonald was particularly feisty and showed some of her inner nasty that only some of us rarely get to see. She battered away even attacking her Conservative friend to her left on many occasion. It was her best performance in the election to date.
Liberal candidate Mark A. MacDonald had some strong moments too as he was ganged up on. He not only defended his government, but shot back some strong attacks as you’ll see in our video when it’s added.
This debate was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. A partisan flavor sadly marred the debate including an incident with a poverty activist who was told that he had to remove his poverty t – shirt or leave the event. Moderator John Bolton’s political stripes clearly coloured at least one of the questions asked of the candidates. One of the team commented on the low turnout. Low turnout has been endemic of this provincial election at least in this region.
Also we have to apologize for the quality of video we’ll be adding later as we were forced to shoot from an off angle in the distance.
You can listen to our radio coverage of the debate on Seawayradio.com this morning LIVE starting at 9:00 AM and we’re hoping to have a few of the candidates on as well.
If you were at the debate who do you think did well and who didn’t? You can post your comments below.