An estimated 450 people jammed into the Bowes Gardens for an election forum Tuesday night. It was for all the candidates running for Mayor and Council in Grande Prairie and was organized by the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce.
Snow removal, roads and taxes were among the topics brought up by attendees. The Eastlink Centre, work downtown and a proposed performing arts centre also prompted a lot of discussions.
There were also questions on the opioid crises, cannabis legislation and how to protect big events in the city, given recent world happenings.
We asked some people in the crowd if there were any particular issues that brought them out.
“As a young voter, I wanted to be more educated on the issues at hand, as well as just the candidates themselves, for the most part. So, that was why I came out, I just want to make sure I make an educated vote,” said one woman we talked to.
Another man, originally from Zimbabwe, just became a Canadian citizen last year and will be voting for the first time in this country come election day.
“I’m an immigrant from another country, so the immigration question was actually mine that they answered. I was wondering how everybody can be included in Grande Prairie, that was my focus.”
Another woman we talked to said she came out just because she likes the community of Grande Prairie.
“I just wanted to get to know all of the candidate’s positions and see what their vision was and who I aligned with most in terms of values.”
Another man in the crowd said he came just because he is a long-time resident of Grande Prairie.
“I feel it’s important to get out and be part of it.”
Everyone we talked to say the forum helped them make up their mind on who to vote for.
Municipal Election Day is October 16.