While the election campaign has been well underway for close to two months, the technical deadline for candidates to let their name stand only just passed, on Sept. 28.
As of Sept. 29, Elections Canada has confirmed five candidates for St. Albert-Edmonton: Michael Cooper (Conservative), Beatrice Ghettuba (Liberal), Darlene Malayko (New Democrat), Andrea Oldham (Green) and Brent Rathgeber (Independent).
Five candidates are confirmed for Sturgeon River-Parkland: Rona Ambrose (Conservative), Ernest Chauvet (Christian Heritage), Guy Desforges (New Democrat), Travis Dueck (Liberal) and Brendon Greene (Green).
A final list won’t be available until today, Sept. 30, at www.elections.ca.
St. Albert residents can get a chance to see and hear from their candidates first-hand at a forum tonight at 7 p.m. in Forsyth Hall, hosted by the St. Albert Public Library.
St. Albert Coun. Tim Osborne will moderate the forum and candidates will respond to questions from the floor. There is no registration required. Visit www.sapl.ca for more information.
Rural residents will also have the opportunity to hear from their candidates tonight.
The Morinville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Candidates will have five minutes for an opening speech, followed by a question-and-answer period, then a two-minute closing speech. Registration is not required.
Just because most can’t vote, there’s no reason to leave high-school students out of the democratic process.
Paul Kane High School is hosting an all-candidate forum Monday, Oct. 5. The event will take place over the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the student lounge area.
The last forum scheduled for the St. Albert area will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, at the St. Albert Inn & Suites.
The St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce will host the event, with the confirmed candidates addressing the public with opening remarks before fielding written questions from the audience, before ending with closing remarks from each candidate.
Question forms will be handed out at the beginning of the event, but questions can also be sent in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will start at 7.