Hot topics at Trinity Western University's All-Candidates Meeting last night were the environment and the economy, but what really elicited ooh's and ah's from the crowd were questions of conscience.
The evening opened as Trinity Western President Dr. Jonathan Raymond addressed the over two-hundred and fifty students, faculty, staff and community members in attendance, emphasizing the importance of being an informed voter and exercising the right to vote in the democratic process.
Political candidates Mark Warawa (Conservative), Patrick Meyer (Green), Ron Gray (CHP), Jake Gray (Liberal), and Andrew Claxton (NDP) were then given two minutes each to respond to a series of questions posed by a panel, enabling voters to learn party responses to issues ranging from crime and public transit, to the environment and the economy.
But being part of a specific "party" took a backseat when one audience member posed a question to the candidates that asked, "Would you vote for a bill that benefited the community but got you kicked out of your party?" The variety of answers presented engaging views and shifted the evening's focus on to the "people" behind the politics.
Community member Connie Blundy said, "I think it's really important to listen to the candidates speak, because it's all very well to see it on paper, but you get a whole different impression of who they are when you hear them speak."
Keharn Yawnghwe, a 26 year-old 4th year TWU student double majoring in Communications and Honors Political Science, also voiced the need for citizens to get to know the person behind the platform. "There does need to be some trust on the part of the voter that the person they choose to represent them will do so in a coherent and cohesive way," he said.
Those unable to attend the event will have another chance to meet and pose questions to the regional candidates on Tuesday, October 7th at the Fraser River Presentation Theater from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2008-10-02