All of the Kootenay-Columbia candidates in the 2019 federal election are expected in Kimberley on Thursday for an All-Candidates Forum.
The City of Kimberley will get a chance to see the seven candidates at the event, co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Kimberley and the Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce.
Dough Vanhooren, Director of the Rotary Club of Kimberley told MyEastKootenayNow.com that the forum is not only an opportunity for the public to learn the candidate’s platforms but also for the candidates to meet the community.
“It’s an opportunity as well to ensure that our future MP sees that Kimberley is an engaged and distinct community within their riding, and hopefully stay engaged with us throughout their term after the election is over.”
Vanhooren said the All-Candidates Forum will be more of an informal event where Kimberley residents can meet the candidates.
“We’ll welcome questions from the floor during the event, but primarily an opportunity I think for the community to be able to listen to opening and closing statements from each of the candidates and get to meet their potential MP.”
A moderator will be overseeing the forum and guiding the questions and conversation of the candidates.
The All-Candidates Forum will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the McKim Auditorium on Thursday, with doors opening to the public at 6:30 pm.
All candidates were invited by the Rotary Club of Kimberley with five confirmed to be in attendance including the candidates for the NDP, the Conservatives, the Liberals, the Greens, and the People’s Party of Canada. Vanhooren said they had yet to hear back from the Libertarian Party and the Animal Protection Party as of Wednesday morning.