The YM-YWCA of Guelph hosted an laid back open forum for candidates this evening at its Woodland Glen Drive location. Each candidate present was given an (approximate) five-minute intro before people in attendance were able to talk to the candidates one-on-one. In this friendly, open, and surprisingly sunny given the weather engagement, one might have thought that even Conservative candidate Marty Burke would have put in an appearance.
But he didn't
Even though he said he was planning to.
So what's the deal? Interestingly, a source told me that Burke told the Mercury that he would be attending, but he never RSVPed with the organizers at the YMCA. Given this information, it will be interesting to see if Burke will be able to make it to CJOY for their on-air debate tomorrow morning. Still, the Burke campaign is moving full steam ahead with their own plans. It was reported today that Jim Flaherty will be coming to town sometime later this week for a speech and possible door-knocking. The exact details are not clear, but it's expected the media will be asked to pay an admission fee before being allowed to ask the Finance Minister some questions.
Yeah, I'm not bitter.
Here's some photos from the candidate's forum