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Kyle Peterson: Liberal Party Candidate, Newmarket – Aurora

Posted by auroracitizen on April 21, 2011

Kyle Peterson has engaged with readers on this site and we thank him for that. We have established this post to allow readers to ask Kyle questions directly — it will be up to Kyle whether to take the opportunity to respond.

His website is:

Moderators will review the questions to ensure they are really questions and not simply an attempt to promote another candidate/party in the guise of a question. Anonymous comments will face a higher standard 🙂

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Question: Local Initiatives

Posted by auroracitizen on April 21, 2011

Candidates spend most of their time talking about national concerns as they relate to our local communities — however, what do you see as the local issues and what should individual candidates be talking about to address the unique issues and opportunities to bring value to Aurora.

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Question: Strategic Voting

Posted by auroracitizen on April 21, 2011

People often debate about the value of strategic voting — whether to vote for the party or the candidate — if your favoured candidate is not projected to be the ruling party, should you still vote for them when they will potentially have little or no impact on the actions of the ruling party — or should you use your vote strategically to upset the part you dislike the most?

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Question: Majority vs. Minority

Posted by auroracitizen on April 21, 2011

Many people believe this election is about whether to give Mr. Harper a majority mandate or continue with a minority government. In your opinion, is it in the best interest of Canadians to have a majority or a minority government in Ottawa?

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Aurora All-candidates Debate

Posted by auroracitizen on April 21, 2011

Last night was a spirited event, well attended by supporters from all sides. In general, it was positive both for the audience and the candidates. Given the differing opinions it was nice to see 4 candidates — all passionate about their positions — engaged with each other in a respectful manner.

There were some good questions both from the panellists and from the floor. As always, the Yes/No questions were difficult to answer and left both candidates and audience wanting more.

Alison Collins-Mrakas did a very nice job moving things along and keeping the odd audience member in line who stepped out of bounds. Overall a very well run and enjoyable evening.

What were your thoughts? Did all the candidates acquit themselves well? Was their a clear winner?

Importantly, did any of their answers firm up your position or cause you to change your position?

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2011 Federal Leaders Debate (English)

Posted by auroracitizen on April 13, 2011

Share your thoughts on how the leaders did at the debate last night here.

Who won, who lost — and why?

Did Harper hold or increase his lead? Did Ignatieff make up some ground? How did Layton do?

Did any of the leaders cause you to change your opinion if you were “undecided” (What does “undecided” really mean anyway? What will help you decide?)

Based on their performance are we looking at a minority again or a majority?

NOTE: If you already posted under another comment — please feel free to repeat it again in this thread

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2011 Federal Election

Posted by auroracitizen on April 7, 2011

With the federal election looming, what are the key issues that are important to you in this election?

Who do you think will win — and why. Are you even planning to vote?

Has Harper and the Conservatives done enough to earn a majority or have the other parties presented an alternative strong enough to maintain the Conservative minority or even a swing towards the left?

Which leader do you think offers the best vision for Canada — or do any of then really inspire you?

Are you influenced by media? If not, what criteria do you consider when voting

Do you plan to vote party or will you consider your vote based on the local candidate? What would it take for a candidate to earn your vote here in the Newmarket-Aurora riding?

Posted in Community Input, Leadership, Politics | 165 Comments »