You know you have a packed house when you actually have to make the house bigger! That's what happened last Thursday at the All Candidates Debate hosted by the Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. There's been a lot of arm chair quarterbacking from social media pundits, but now it's time for the semi-amateur official community radio pundits to have their say.
With seven of the eight candidates taking part, it was the first chance Guelph voters got to see the various ideas and ideologies of the people vying to be Guelph's next Member of Provincial Parliament. The added bonus too is that Guelph's is an open seat; the incumbent isn't running so each candidate sees their odds of winning as good so long as they can convince enough people to vote for them. No pressure, really.
This week on the podcast, with the help of Open Sources Guelph co-host Scotty Hertz, we proctor how each of the candidates were able to make their case. We also talk about why so many people were interested in the debate, our thoughts on the format and the moderator, and what the next debate is going to look like with only the four main party candidates participating. It's like Open Sources, but on the Guelph Politicast, which non-existent focus groups tells us is what the people want.
So let's play pundit on this week's edition of the Guelph Politicast!
If you liked this debate, keep in mind that there will be another debate on Tuesday May 22 hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It begins at 6 pm and will take place in the Council Chambers of Guelph City Hall, but if you can't make it there, you can tune in to Rogers Channel 20 if you're a Rogers subscriber.
Also, keep an ear out this weekend for a special episode of the Guelph Politicast with Kithio Mwanzia, the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber, who will moderate this debate.
The theme music for the Guelph Politicast is from the KPM Klassics collection by Syd Dale.
The host for the Guelph Politicast is Podbean. Find more episodes of the Politicast here.
Remember that the Politicast Podbean channel is also the host for podcast versions of Open Sources Guelph. The previous Thursday's episode of Open Sources will be posted on Mondays.