Details have been finalized for a federal election candidates forum on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Organized by the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce, it's being held at RockPointe Church, 255024 Lochend Rd., just east of town adjacent to Hwy. 1A.
The church has a seating capacity of 700 people.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour before the forum begins, then it will last just one hour from 7 to 8 p.m. with an additional half-hour set aside afterward for some one-on-one discussions with candidates.
Each candidate will be given 1 1/2 minutes to talk about their campaign. The bulk of the time will be set aside for a question period.
Those planning to attend are asked to register on the chamber's website and to also submit their questions for candidates. Taking this approach is seen as a way to prevent redundancy and keep things moving in the tight one-hour time frame. No questions will be taken from the floor.
At this point, it will be a live session and won't be streamed. It's subject to change should COVID-19 health regulations be adjusted by the province.
Chamber executive director Kelly Carson says they're excited to host the forum and welcome questions for candidates from all residents. The form on their website will be straightforward.
"It's something we're excited to do. We feel this is one of the most important elections we've had in years, certainly from the standpoint that it was a minority government and it's been called after two years, so going through what we've lived through in the last 18 months, there needs to be accountability, and there needs to be plans. This is what we're hoping to get from the candidates."
It will be moderated by Chamber President Ozzie Sawicki.
All nine candidates are expected to be in attendance.
They are Aidan Blum, Green Party; Tariq Elnaga, Maverick Party; David Gamble, Liberal Party; Caroline O'Driscoll, independent; Blake Richards, Conservatives; Derek Sloan, independent, Ron Voss, independent; Nadine Wellwood, People's Party; and Sarah Zagoda, NDP.
To submit your questions, go to the chamber's website by clicking here.