Independent candidates barred from many debates

As any Independent knows, it can be hard to participate in “all candidates” debates. Consider this from the following article:

“Or you can vote for an independent candidate. Good luck learning what they stand for, though — tiny voices struggling to be heard above the noisy party next door.

This is what rankles Dr. Philip Ney. Here he is running as an independent in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, yet he can’t his message out, can’t even get on stage during the election debates. All-candidates forums? Might as well call them most-candidates forums, as only the big four — Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Greens — get to take part.

Ney was kept off the stage at the Times Colonist-sponsored debate at Isabelle Reader Theatre this week. Couldn’t get into an earlier forum put on by Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, nor was he included in a debate at the Church of the Advent. He’ll be in the West Shore chamber’s debate tonight (7 p. m, Royal Roads University) but that just makes it one out of four. It’s undemocratic, he says. “I could win this if I were given a fair chance.”

To read the complete article:

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/capital_van_isl/story.html?id=ba29612b-5ade-4aac-8148-1b6a3329e12c

The solution is obvious!! Independent candidates need to organize the candidates debates!

Note: John Richardson – Independent candidate for Toronto Danforth appeared in two candidates debates:

http://independentcandidates.ca/blog/?p=194

http://independentcandidates.ca/blog/?p=168