All candidates business forum

City council and mayoralty candidates are invited to participate in an all-candidates business forum, hosted by the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce.

City council and mayoralty candidates are invited to participate in an all-candidates business forum, hosted by the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce.

The forum, open to the public, will take place Oct. 26 at the Tidemark Theatre with city council candidates taking questions from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and mayoralty candidates taking questions from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be moderated by Dave Reynolds.

“Decisions made at the municipal level have a powerful impact on our lives and on the business climate in the city and region,” said Colleen Evans, Chamber Executive Director. “At our forum we want candidates to focus on what we define as the pillars of good governance, specifically their plans to keep tax increases and spending within our means, to save and plan for future infrastructure needs, to communicate municipal business clearly, to deliver services efficiently and effectively and to create a business friendly environment.”

In a recent Chamber survey more than 90 per cent of those polled said their top priority is having a business friendly environment in Campbell River that is supportive of business success.

“In this regard, we look forward to hearing candidates’ views on the important issues of business retention and economic investment in the community,” Evans says.

City council candidates will make a brief one-minute opening statement. This will be followed by a series of questions posed by moderator Reynolds.

In the mayoralty forum, candidates will make two-minute opening statements followed by a series of Chamber questions. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to pose questions. These questions should be submitted in written form.