I have just returned from what was supposed to be an in-person and live-streamed federal all candidates meeting at High Beams Dreams. Thanks to the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce for their attempt to provide a valued service to the voting public.
Without explanation other than “technical difficulties,” the meeting was abruptly cancelled 20 minutes after it was supposed to begin. Four of the six candidates were huddled outside, refusing to enter. Those in attendance were then directed outside where each candidate gave a three-minute “apology” for the cancellation of the debate.
Totally unacceptable, to say the least. If candidates were refusing to participate because “someone is unvaccinated,” they should have expressed their positions ahead of time to avoid wasting people’s time.
Politicization of this event was sickening to watch. I have an idea who was “unvaccinated,” and although I would not vote for that candidate, I decry this behaviour on the part of the other candidates.
To their credit, the Chamber of Commerce quickly pivoted to a “Zoom” format which took place later in the day. Bravo for their flexibility. To the candidates, I express my disappointment and am puzzled by their willingness to abandon our expectations as voters. Planning, sheer courtesy and proper communication with the organizers of the event could have avoided this embarrassing situation.
Steve Bailey, Gibsons