A Memo to Ontario Liberals Concerned about Election Conduct

New Democrat television ads will be running after the writ is dropped on Wednesday.

Now that that burning issue is out of the way: Can the Premier answer Andrea's letter on debates?

It's attached since you seem to have lost it.

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ -

Dear Messrs. McGuinty and Hudak:

Leaders' debates play a key role in our democracy and are central to our electoral system. These debates are able to give people a clear sense of what politicians and their parties stand for, cutting through the attack advertisements and negative tactics that often define election campaigns.

Ontario has only one scheduled debate, meaning that people only have one opportunity to hear directly from their potential Premier on the serious issues affecting their lives. I think this is a missed opportunity. In a speech to the Rotary Club earlier this month I called for three debates, focussing specifically on healthcare, jobs and the economy, and energy policy. Since then, I've heard proposals from Liberal MPPs to have a debate on education issues and I think that would be exciting and worthy. Ideally, these debates should take place in different regions of the province. I know that people in Northern Ontario, for example, would appreciate the opportunity to see their concerns reflected in the election discussion.

I recognize that this would depart with tradition, but I believe it is needed in a time when our airwaves are filled with reasons not to vote. Compared to other jurisdictions, this move wouldn't be out of the ordinary ­- there are three debates in the U.S. and British elections.

I urge you to consider this proposal and I look forward to hearing your views.


Andrea Horwath, MPP
Leader of Ontario's New Democrats

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