Kudos to the Chamber

My heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation goes to the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce for hosting the 2022 All Candidates Meetings once again, at the Collingwood Legion Branch 63. The mayoral and deputy-mayoral candidates spoke to their audience on Tuesday, Sep. 27, and the council candidates on Thursday, Sep. 29. Thanks also to Chamber CEO Trish Irwin for organizing the events and to Shane Mclaughlin for being our emcee.

Thanks to Rogers TV for broadcasting both events and making the broadcasts available on their website for those unable to attend.

Each event was a good opportunity for the public to meet, to see, and to hear the candidates discuss their vision of Collingwood and reasons for wanting to be elected. The Legion was able to seat 270 people each night, and staff from the Town of Collingwood was also on hand to discuss voting and voter registration. Before and after the formal sessions, candidates could speak with audience members. We also were able to distribute our campaign literature at the event. Both nights the seating appeared to be full.

For the council candidates, ten of us running for the seven seats were present to speak. The emcee announced that George Dickenson had declined the invitation to speak, and Steve Berman simply had not shown up. No reason for his absence was given.

Each candidate had two minutes to address the audience, then one minute each to answer five questions drawn from a jar at random by the emcee. Then everyone had one minute to make a closing statement.

I congratulate all those candidates who attended for their speeches, their replies, and their positive visions for the town. I am impressed by the commitment to Collingwood shown by all of them. Voters have a lot of good candidates to choose from.

PS. Thanks, too, to the Chamber for offering free COVID quick-test kits at the door.

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