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Liveblogging BC Leaders’ Debate Tonight

May 3, 2009

The BC Leaders’ Debate shall be held tonight at 5:00pm.

I’m planning to liveblogging the event, as long as I can make it from canvassing in time and that there are no technological problems (in which case, it will be delayed-tape-blogging the debate.)

Oh, and others should be living-tweeting the debate; just look for tweets containing #bcdebate.

The liveblog of the debate can be found here.

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  1. mls
    May 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Don’t believe James! Don’t trust Campbell! Unsure about sterk!

  2. Lori
    May 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Only one person is credible and that’s Carole James. She definitely won the debate.

    She is a strong, intelligent, honest leader and it showed. Campbell’s snarky remark about his “big job” is another example of his patronizing arrogant nature and another reason why he isn’t a good leader. Does he have an issue with strong intelligent women?

    And again he refuses to answer questions about the BC Rail scandal and the involvement of the Liberal insiders. He is hoping we will forget about the raid on the legislature.

    He contradicts his own health minister about their failure on care beds for seniors. Who is lying? Even the Medical Association supports the NDP position.

    Environment and parks cuts, selling of our rivers, underfunding of post secondary, cuts to grants, no affordable housing, #1 in poverty, #1 in job losses and on and on. It’s all too much.

    We must vote for the New Democrats and Carole James. Her priority is people and she is the best leader for BC.

  3. Anthony
    May 4, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I would have to commend Jane Sterk on her performance during the leadership debate. I didn’t agree with all of her points, but her answers were more on topic than her two counterparts. She also presented details on her party’s platform and how it compares to her counterparts which is really the whole purpose of debates like this.

    Campbell was arrogant, as always, but made efforts to stay on topic despite James’ attempts to steer the discussions off topic with the goal of embarassing him. I thought his answers also focused on his past accomplishments rather than future improvements which is what most of the questions were asking. He could have done better to answer a few of the questions with more detail and refrained from the bickering with James.

    James went continually off topic, she obviously had another agenda to ignore the questions and attack Campbell’s credibility. She presented no details on her party’s platform and continually returned to pre-written vague speeches that she had probably been practicing in front of the mirror for months. She continually made vague statements like “the ndp platform will help create a strong BC by giving more money to BLANK” without actually stating any specifics or new ideas like Sterk. For once James looked like the most arrogant person in the room when she stated to the voters “you only have two choices” with Sterk standing 4 feet away.

    The winner in my opinion was Sterk, she was not the best speaker but she stayed on topic and presented new ideas and a mature, realistic attitude to work with whatever government came into power. I believe she won a few votes for her party, which is what the goal of the debate is.

    Campbell and James had a real chance to steal a few votes from each other but failed miserably. All because you don’t like each other doesn’t mean you need to be rude to each other. I’d have to give the edge to Campbell though because he answered more of the questions with relevant statements rather than vague, pre-written, speeches and slogans.

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