On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in a continuing effort to keep the electorate informed, the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®, Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Durham Radio Inc., owner of CKDO Radio to host a Provincial Election Debate for the Oshawa, Durham and Whitby/Oshawa ridings. The candidates from the three ridings will be invited to attend and state their platforms and debate the issues of concern to the business community.
In mid August the Greater Oshawa Chamber membership participated in a province wide survey by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to determine what issues were of concern to business. The six key issues of concern or major concern to the business community were: government debt/deficit, the regulatory burden, healthcare, government expenditures, sustainable and affordable energy supply, and support for innovation, research and development.
Over 73% of respondents did not believe or didn’t know if Ontario’s political parties have articulated an economic vision for the future of the provincial economy.
The debates will be broadcast live on CKDO 107.7FM/1580AM Radio from the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43, on September 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “As the voice of business, the Chamber encourages members of the business community and all citizens of Oshawa to understand the issues that will shape our future,” stated Chamber President, Cris Douglas. “Be informed, tune in and make sure you vote on October 6th, 2011.”
Durham Radio is pleased to team up with these three business organizations on this initiative. “The idea of promoting candidates’ debate of the issues is fundamental to our system of democracy and in this way, Durham Radio can assist in providing a platform for all citizens of Oshawa to be able to hear the debate and get to know the candidates and their positions on key issues in the campaign,” says Doug Kirk, President of Durham Radio.
Have a question you want answered at the debate? Click here to email your question. The moderator is Don Pitman, local media host and Past President of the Chamber. Panelists include members of the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®, Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.