Candidates’ Meeting Addresses Local Concerns for Business and Residents

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Candidates’ Meeting Addresses Local Concerns for Business and Residents
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Danielle Leonard

Danielle Leonard

Danielle is the Communications Coordinator for Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and manages their internal and external communications, including disseminating news to the public and the media. She is a graduate of both the Western University and Ryerson University.

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Oakville and Halton candidates for the 2014 Provincial Election debated before a crowd of over 200 attendees at the Candidates’ Meeting, hosted by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, this past Wednesday evening at Glen Abbey United Church. The debate provided a unique opportunity for residents and businesses to hear their candidates speak about those issues that are most relevant to their community.

While the Chamber of Commerce is broadly known as a hub for business networking opportunities, its mission is to foster a healthy, engaged and sustainable business environment and economy in Oakville. This includes facilitating communication between business and government. An election offers the unique opportunity to bridge the concerns of both, and gauge how well the candidates will address those concerns most pressing to their riding’s voters. Attendees of the event, as well as viewers of the TVCogeco broadcast, get to decide who will best represent their interests after the votes are cast.

Issues raised at the 2014 Provincial Candidates’ Meeting included a number of hot topics, such as: municipal land transfer taxes, mass transit,Ontario’s deficit, and the cancelled gas-fired power plant. Where else would residents have the opportunity to solicit such community-specific responses?

By hosting a Candidates’ Meeting at every election, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce enables a frank and meaningful discussion between the voters and those running for office; thus, helping its member make informed choices come Election Day.

“We were very pleased to have candidates from both Oakville and Halton represented at the Candidates’ Meeting where members of the community could hear how they will address both their local and provincial concerns. We are grateful for the support of our partners, Cogeco, Tim Hortons, Oakville and Milton District Real Estate Board, and Oakville Beaver for helping make this event such a success,” said Chamber Chair, Orla Johnston.

A Candidates’ Meeting enables a frank and meaningful discussion between the voters and those running for office

Following the provincial election is Oakville’s municipal election, which will take place October 27, 2014. Once again, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce will host an All-Candidates’ meeting to spark conversation between the local business community and political leaders. Starting a dialogue before the vote helps ensure the communication between voters and elected officials continue long after the election has passed.

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