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COMMENTARY · 8th October 2015
Walter McFarlane
The All Candidates Forum will be taking place tonight, Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 pm at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kitimat.

There is a continuing argument which has come up in these forums during the past few elections. A promise that, if the voters in a part of the country do not pick the winning parties candidate, their communities will not be heard and their needs will be ignored.

The following argument was brought forward by a reader of the Kitimat Daily several years ago, and I felt it is worth repeating. For the purposes of remaining neutral, we will not be referring to any political parties in this argument by name, but will call them Party A, and Party B.

The promise is that if Party A forms government, they will ignore the needs of the people who live an the area where Party B's representative is elected. However, there is no guarantee that Party A will form government. Polls, particularly web polls, are often wrong and it is not uncommon for political parties to exaggerate their support when speaking publically.

If, in the example above, if Party B forms government, there is nothing stopping them for doing something similar to the people who elect Party A representatives. Well, there is a promise somewhere that Canadians are entitled to ‘Good Government’ but how do you define ‘Good Government?’

However, there is another possible outcome. If Party A forms government and the people of the Skeena Bulkley Valley riding put in a representative of Party A, this riding may still go unheard. Our riding is still just a small drop in a large ocean, a drop the size of a small country, but still just a small drop of water. There are places in Canada with greater needs, population or with more to offer.

If Kitimat was really important to Canada’s economic future, why have none of party’s leaders, Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau visited this community openly since the election began? By now, they only have slightly longer than a week to show up.

The questions we should be asking the candidates at tonight’s forum, should include: ‘What will you do to end the partisan party politics at the Federal Level?’, ‘How can you make sure our riding remains prosperous?’ and ‘How will make sure that funding trickles down to help the people in our riding without being devise and partisan in a form of modern day electoral blackmail?’