There are rumors of a fall election here in Nova Scotia. Regardless of whether it happens then, or in 2017, people should consider what kind of political discourse they want to see in this province.
Do we want a campaign about personalities and banal soundbites, or do we want a campaign about real ideas?
If we want to settle for the former, then we’ll do things the way we’ve always done them.
But if we want something better, then we need to do things differently.
My idea? A series of all-candidate debates in every riding, at as many different times and locations as possible. Some could be general, but others could be tailored to specific subjects, such as poverty, or economic development, or the nature of governance and government, or health care. There are plenty of pressing topics from which to choose.
For example, the Liberals axed the film funding system that existed in Nova Scotia for twenty years. The NDP and Tories have criticized this decision, and have made general promises to restore the old film tax credit. Let each party’s candidates in every riding debate the issue, and its larger implications as part of the conversation about the provincial economy and how the government can best help the private sector (or whether they should be helping at all).
Make them tell us their ideas… but also make them listen to ours.
Let’s create a genuine dialogue.
Only then we can make the reasoned and informed choices that our province needs us to make.Read more