Friday, December 23, 2005

Shane Dyson gets Chamber to change All Candidates Meeting Location

Following is an email that Shane Dyson also forwarded to the local press media and to us at Langley Free Press. Shane ran most recently in the Township election and is the past NDP candidate who ran against Rich Coleman & Marc Emery. Maybe we should twist Shane's arm to become a guest columnist to represent the left on our site, unless he wants to do the right side!

From: "Lynn Whitehouse" Date: December 23, 2005 10:19:36 AM PST (CA)To: "Dyson/F2F" Subject: Re: Letter to the EditorThank you so much for bringing this to our attention! We will seek another venue for the meeting.

----- Original Message -----From: Shane Dyson To: Langley Advance - Langley Free Press
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 9:13 AM
Subject: Letter to the EditorTo the Editor

I was pleased to read that the Langley Chamber of Commerce and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board are co-hosting a Federal All Candidates meeting for Langley on Jan. 11. But I am concerned that they are conducting this meeting at the Summit Theatre Show Lounge in the Cascades Casino. No minors will be admitted to the facility.This venue choice discourages both youth from participating in hearing the election debate but more impor tantly, disqualifies some eligible voters from attending. You are entitled to vote in federal elections if you are a Canadian citizen and will be 18 or older on polling day.I would have thought the Chamber would want to encourage the full participation of voters in order to have an opportunity for voters to hear from candidates on issues of importance in the upcoming federal election.
Shane Dyson

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