In the run-up to the October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election, I found these two federal all-candidates sessions to be very interesting.
This one in the riding of Fundy Royal, New Brunswick is interesting because the independent candidate, David Amos, looks like Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, and he has some intelligent things to say.
And this one from the riding of Thornhill, Ontario is interesting, because only three candidates showed up, so the Libertarian candidate, Gene Balfour, gets to have a lot of talking time, speaking to the big government Liberal and NDP candidates, in an interactive way that you almost never see, and he schools them on the benefits of a more libertarian society.
From the “Socratic Assassin,” Jan Helfeld, from an interview he did in the 1990s, before the age of viral videos, with an increase in views from 6000 since 2008 to nearly 28,000 just in the past couple months now that Bernie Sanders is a declared presidential candidate.
Brigette DePape, the Senate page who held up a “STOP HARPER” sign during the Conservative’s 2011 Throne Speech, and being escorted out by the Sergeant-at-arms for it, was a panelist on the October 6, 2015 episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on the topic of The Young and Disengaged, concerning the low youth voter turnout in Canadian elections.
I extended her an invitation after hearing her on 570 News the previous Friday morning, as she stood out from the other candidates in saying that dealing with homelessness was her number one priority and she explicitly advocated private sector solutions instead of resorting to the usual deflection offered by most politicians of studies and government intervention.
For affordable housing, she described some interesting solutions, advocating local government reducing burdensome parking requirements and reducing development charges.