Our October newsletter is now out and available for online viewing here.
Canada’s federal election will be decided in two weeks, so in addition to what you’ll find on the subject in the newsletter, here are some further links of interest for those of us in the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke federal riding.
Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) riding profile featuring the four major-party candidates
Victoria Chamber of Commerce ESS debate (Sept. 29)
Candidate websites (in alphabetical order)
Randall Garrison http://randallgarrison.ndp.ca
Frances Litman http://franceslitman.ca
Shari Lukens http://votesharilukens.ca
David Merner http://davidmerner.liberal.ca
Tyson Strandlund http://communist-party.ca/tysonstrandlund
Upcoming ESS debates
* Oct. 6 – 10 to 11 a.m. CFAX 1070 radio debate
* Oct. 6 – 7 to 9 p.m. Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce debate at the Prestige Hotel, 7 to 9 p.m.
* Oct. 8 – 7 to 9 p.m. All Candidates Debate in Colwood hosted by the Pacific Centre Family Services Association at the Anglican Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave.
Voting day is Monday, October 19. Vote in advance on Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12. Sooke’s polling station is the Community Hall, downtown at Shields and Eustace. Explore your voting options in full at Election Canada’s website.
Please exercise your democratic right and ensure we reverse the trend of the last two decades by increasing voter turnout this year (from a near-record low of 53.8 percent of eligible voters in 2011). Clues to the malaise are explored in this Statistics Canada report from earlier this year. The turnout by younger Canadians is particularly alarming, so please share Apathy Is Boring’s website with those you know who are 18 or older.
As an organization, Transition Sooke is non-partisan and supports policies (i.e., food security, alt.energy and green-job incentives, transportation, a halt to the expansion of oil tanker traffic in coastal BC waters), not political parties. We back Fair Vote Canada’s call for democratic reform of the first-past-the-post electoral system.