Oceanside News has received a letter stating four of the five Qualicum Beach byelection candidates do not plan on participating in tonight’s Coffee With Your Candidate forum.
“We have participated in three all-candidate meetings, two organized by residents’ associations, and with recordings available to anyone wishing more information about the candidates and our positions on a variety of issues,” reads the letter from Ron Everard, signed by Peter Kent, Anne Skipsey, Jean Young and Brian Denbigh.
We have had the date of May 3 set for this forum since the beginning of the election campaign and have been collecting questions from readers.
We plan on moving forward with the forum at 7:30 p.m. and have reached out to encourage all candidates to participate.
We are aware there have already been meetings with all candidates, organized by the Eaglecrest Residents’ Association and the Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association and have made an effort to make our forum unique.
In addition to reader submitted questions, we plan to ask whichever candidates attend about who they are and what they stand for. We hoped to create an atmosphere where each can speak to issues important to them, without a focus on yes or no questions about current events.
The event will be streamed live and can be found on our Facebook page.