|Report on the King's Town All Candidates Meeting, October 30, 2006|
This Article is By: Kingston Electors On Nov. - 01, 2006King's Town District All Candidates Meeting Report, October 30, 2006
REPORT ON KING'S TOWN ALL CANDIDATES’ MEETING
HELD ON OCTOBER 30TH 2006 AT ARTILLERY PARK
by Kingston Electors,Volunteer Reporting Team
King's Town candidate Mark Potter must have been thankful the
temperature at Artillery Park was turned down low as those in
attendance at the candidate’s meeting were quick to turn up the heat.
But that was about the only thing that was on his side – that, and
a couple of obvious plants from outside the district who lobbed
softballs for him to hit, but for which nobody in attendance seemed
impressed with in the least.
To be fair, it took a bit of courage for Mr. Potter to take time
out of campaigning to attend this event hosted by the McBurney Park
Neighbourhood Association. This, after all, is an association that is
well organized and vocal in its opposition to various aspects of the
LVEC and a group that Mr. Potter alienated well before announcing his
intentions to run when he wrote a letter in the newspaper suggesting
that the NIMBY’s should move if they don’t like the LVEC.
On the other hand, it was evident before the night even got under
way that the left leaning Rob Hutchison was going to be the crowd
favourite. The third candidate, Sean Molloy, wasn’t in attendance for
reasons unknown at the time. He has since withdrawn from campaigning
and will support Rob Hutchison. Well spoken, charismatic, on top of the
issues that are of most concern to the Association, the night resembled
more of a pep rally than a debate between candidates who were trying to
woo undecided voters.
There were some sparks and mud slung, but it was Mr. Potter who
left sullied. An “outsider” who doesn’t live in the district and an
unabashed supporter of Rosen’s LVEC, it is unlikely that any of the 60+
people in attendance will be casting a vote his way. Judging from Mr.
Potter’s body language, with his hands on hips as he responded to
questions that were slung at him like arrows, there is little doubt
that he was rethinking his decision to attend the event.
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