The Oakville Chamber of Commerce recently hosted our third candidates’ debate in 12 months, beginning with a municipal debate in October 2010, a federal debate in April 2011 and a provincial debate earlier this month.
And while the candidates differ, the main topics in all these debates focused on the economy, health care and taxes.
The provincial debate – held on September 13 – featured candidates from Halton in the first session, followed by those from Oakville. Both sessions were moderated by members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, with equal opportunity given to all candidates for opening and closing remarks as well as responses to questions.
The Chamber solicited members and the public for question leading up to and during the provincial debate (as we did for the other debates). In the most recent case, we also drew upon some pre-election analysis by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Nanos Research.
The Chamber grouped the questions we received into the most critical themes: the economy; health care; energy and the environment; and transportation. This led to lively discussions on a range of important topics.