The Stittsville Village Association invites Carleton riding residents to get to know the candidates vying to represent them at a Q&A meeting May 20th, beginning at 7 pm, at Stittsville United Church. All Carleton candidates registered to appear on the ballet will be invited to participate.
Provincial Carleton Candidates’ Meeting
Hosted by the Stittsville Village Association
May 20, 2018, 7 pm
Stittsville United Church
Each candidate will be invited to make a four-minute (or less) introduction/opening statement, the order of which will be determined by drawing numbers from the moderator prior to the opening of the meeting. Following these statements, questions from the audience will begin.
Attendees will be offered tickets when they come in the meeting room, and these will be drawn in groups of five, at random, by the moderator, throughout the course of the evening to determine question order.
Questions will be limited to a maximum of 45 seconds to encourage concise thoughts, and may be addressed to a maximum of two candidates. If someone else wants to hear the same answer from other candidates, he or she may ask and address it to the candidate(s) of his/her choosing when his/her ticket number is called. Question askers may choose to identify themselves, but are not obligated to do so. Answers from candidates will be limited to two minutes. This is a q&a rather than a debate, so there will be no follow up questions or rebuttals. If we are able to receive questions from all those who took a ticket at the beginning of the meeting, a second round of tickets will be circulated.
At the end of the evening, each candidate may make a three-minute closing statement, the order of which will be determined by drawing numbers from the moderator prior to the opening of the meeting.
The meeting timer will project a countdown timer on the wall for everyone to see, and candidates will be flashed a yellow card when they have 15 seconds remaining in their speaking time. Please respect the allotted time slots.
Candidates will be invited to set up an information table in the hallway outside of the meeting room half an hour before the meeting is scheduled to begin. This may include signage, brochures, volunteers, etc., but the hallway must not be blocked by large flags or other materials. We ask that materials not be waved around or otherwise displayed inside the meeting room, and that candidates collect any material left behind at the end of the meeting.
Candidates may have one poster or sign (max size 11 inches by 14 inches/29 by 36 cm, portrait or landscape) set up in front of their space at the speakers’ table in the meeting room, facing the audience.
Candidates may erect two small lawn signs outside the meeting venue half an hour before the meeting begins. These must be removed immediately following the meeting, and must not at any time impede access to the building or pedestrian pathways.
The goal for this evening is to respectfully share information between the community and its candidates. The SVA expects common sense behaviour from all participants and attendees, and anyone deemed disruptive by the moderator will be warned once to refrain from that behaviour. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave. These expectations will be highlighted by the moderator at the beginning of the meeting.
– One speaker at a time, as identified by the moderator. Don’t talk over each other.
– Heckling is not a productive use of our time.
– Keep applause to a minimum
– Refrain from asking repeat questions to the same candidates
– Respect the allotted speaking times