4 candidates confirm participation in community-organized ‘All Candidates Meeting’ for Fredericton South, Sept. 4th.

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 An All-Candidates Meeting for the candidates and citizens of Fredericton South, Riding 40, will be held this Thursday, Sept. 4th, 7:00PM at the Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street, Fredericton.

Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. This meeting will be citizen-led and non-partisan.

There are 4 candidates who have confirmed they will participate in the Q&A meeting: Courtney Mills (Independent); David Coon (Green); Kelly Lamrock (NDP); and Roy Wiggins (Liberal). To date, there has been no reply from Craig Leonard (PC) who was formally invited on April 30, 2014.

Advertised as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”, this meeting is conducted as a very welcoming and informative question-and-answer session; the meeting is not meant to be a debate between candidates. Here is the simple outline of the meeting:

• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience;

• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor;

• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond; and

• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.

Other All-Candidates Meetings are being organized by individuals and organizations in other communities, including Fredericton North, Moncton, Rexton, Sackville, and Saint John.