Get informed before election time! The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a Political Candidates Forum for the upcoming Federal Election. Thursday, October 3rd at the Badlands Community Facility (upstairs). Doors open at 6:30pm, forum begins at 7:00pm. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from candidates in the Battle River-Crowfoot constituency.
If you cannot attend but would like to submit a question for any of the candidates, you can do so online here. *Deadline to submit is 2:00pm on October 3rd.
More information on the Federal Election can be found at https://www.elections.ca/home.aspx
Go straight to the Battle River-Crowfoot information page on Elections Canada here.
Rules & Regulations
1. The Chairperson for the forum will be Mr. Jeff Hall, President of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.
2. The facility will be opened at 6:00 p.m. for the candidates and their campaign workers in order to provide enough time to get organized for handing out or setting up pamphlets and literature. PLEASE NOTE: Set up of campaign literature will be allowed on tables in the banquet hall on a first-come first-served basis.
3. No signs may be posted in the banquet hall; nor attached to any walls, doors, etc.
4. The doors for the public shall open at 6:30 p.m.
5. All candidates shall present themselves to the Chairperson promptly at 6:45 p.m. to draw for the order of speaking.
6. The forum will be called to order promptly at 7:00 p.m., and the doors to the banquet hall will be closed. Anyone arriving late will only be seated between speakers so as to keep the disruptions to a minimum.
7. The candidates will be seated alphabetically at the speakers’ table, starting on the right, facing the audience. In the chairperson’s opening remarks, candidates will be introduced in alphabetical order.
8. Candidates will have five (5) minutes to expand upon their political platform. The format of the presentation is at the discretion of the candidates. The timer will give a 20 second warning and ring a bell at the end of the allotted time. No candidate will be allowed more than their allotted time and the Chairperson will ask the candidate to be seated.
9. During the question period, questions will be received from the floor in written form, and if time permits, spoken form. The Chairperson will read the written questions and address them to the appropriate candidate(s). If there is time for oral questions, the public will approach the microphone, identify themselves, and address a question to one or more candidates. Other candidates will be allowed to respond, if they wish. The person putting forth a question at the microphone will have one minute to do so with no secondary questions and no rebuttals.
10. The Chairperson or screeners will rule out of order any question(s) deemed inappropriate, offensive, and derogatory or that would seem to attack the integrity of any candidate.
11. The Chairperson will rule out of order any person who unreasonably attempts to use the question period as a platform for expressing a point-of-view on any issue.
12. Answers to questions will be limited to two (2) minutes in order to maximize the number of questions that can be fielded in the time allotted. The question period will be limited to a maximum of 45 minutes.
13. Candidates will each have two (2) minutes after the question period for a rebuttal or to summarize their platform.
14. The Chairperson will have final jurisdiction in all matters.
15. For further information, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 403-823-8100.