Iqaluit francophone org to host marathon election forum Oct. 26
Candidates from four constituencies to air views in six-hour session
Iqaluit voters will get a chance on Saturday, Oct. 26 to listen to local candidates who are contesting the 2013 Nunavut territorial election, at a riding-by-riding public forum at the Francophone Centre.
The forum is scheduled just two days before the Oct. 28 election.
Organized by three Iqaluit residents, the event will take place in four segments of one and a half hours each, between noon and 6:00 p.m., to be broadcast live on Iqaluit’s francophone community radio station, CFRT 107.3.
Details are still getting worked out, but organizers said each segment would allow candidates in each constituency to debate their views, according to the following schedule:
• Iqaluit-Manirajak: 12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
• Iqaluit-Sinaa: 1:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
• Iqaluit-Tasiluk: 3:00 p.m.— 4:30 p.m.
• Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu: 4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.
“We have sent an invitation to all candidates and we hope that all of them will be able to come and participate,” co-organizer Riita Strickland told Nunatsiaq News on Monday evening, Oct. 21.
“We are still finalizing some of the details but an agenda and other information will be shared in the coming days.”
Strickland and two other residents are organizing the debate on their own time, as independent citizens, she said.
“We just decided to do it ourselves, three of us who want to see this debate happen,” said Strickland. “We all have full-time jobs and we’re organizing it after work hours.”
Iqaluit’s constituencies have anywhere from four to six candidates. Iqaluit-Niaquunguu, with six, has the greatest number of candidates out of all Nunavut’s ridings.
Jack Anawak, who is in the running with five other candidates for that seat, had put out a call for a debate with other candidates on Oct. 17.
Iqaluit-Manirajak and Iqaluit-Sinaa have four candidates each, and Iqaluit-Tasiluk has five.
Initial plans calling for debates to take place at the Francophone Centre on Thursday and Friday evenings were shifted to Saturday, to allow CFRT to broadcast the event.