Tonight's Waterloo mayoral debate could be summed up like this, from left to right:
Jan d'Ailly: I bring experience, leadership ability, and a proactive approach.
Barbara Halloran: I've done a super job.
Franklin Ramsoomair: Ummmm.
Dale Ross: Slash the budget!
Actually, Ramsoomair had some interesting things to say, but he was unable to articulate a vision for his mayoralty. In fact, his ability to articulate his ideas was a problem throughout.
Ross, on the other hand, articulated his vision all too well. He wants to cut spending. Really - that's it. When asked about specific issues, he repeatedly said he'd have to get someone to tell him what to do or form a committee. His plan is to put the city through ten years of extremely restricted spending in order to pay down our debt.
The questions were excellent. Neil Acheson was a great moderator - when he asked the audience to not applaud, it created a much better debate than most. One quibble: I was disappointed by all the answers about bylaw enforcement: they all focused on unmaintained lawns and noise complaints, without mentioning the vital accessibility issue of snow clearance.
Bottom line: This is a two horse race, between Halloran and d'Ailly. I approach elections like a hiring process, and look for qualifications, experience, intelligence and vision. To my mind, d'Ailly is the best choice. But I enjoyed listening to all four of them. d'Ailly and Halloran were both refreshingly candid, and d'Ailly in particular was very detailed and informative. Good job all around.
- Wednesday, Sept 22 - Waterloo Ward 1 candidates, Hauser Haus, WMRC
- Tuesday, Sept 28 - Waterloo Ward 3 candidates, Community Room, McCormick Community Center
- Wed, Sept 29 - Waterloo Ward 4 candidates, Room 207, RIM Park
- Thurs, Sept 30 - Waterloo Ward 5 candidates, Room 208, RIM Park
- Tues, Oct 5 - Waterloo Ward 6 candidates, Hauser Haus, WMRC
- Wed, Oct 6 - Waterloo Ward 7 candidates (uptown), Hauser Haus, WMRC
- Thus, Oct 7 - Regional Council candidates, Adult Rec Center
- Tues, Oct 19 - Public school board candidates, TBD
- Wed, Oct 20 - Regional Chair candidates, TBD
- Thurs, Oct 21 - Waterloo mayoral candidates (Round 2), Hauser Haus, WMRC
More info on the upcoming debates: WaterlooVotes.com
Update: The Waterloo Regional Record is also hosting its own debates. For a list of times and places, see here.
Update: Rogers TV schedule of debates on TV on Karen Scian's blog
Update: You can watch videos of debates on the Record's Vote 2010 site.