In anticipation of the upcoming Halifax provincial election on May 30, Downtown Halifax Business Commission and Spring Garden Area Business Association are hosting a Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Candidates Forum on Wednesday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 pm, in the Bronfman Theatre of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road. All four district candidates will be participating: Rob Batherson, Labi Kousoulis, Glenn Walton, and Martin Willison. The forum will be moderated by Marieke Walsh, political reporter with Global Halifax. This event is free and open to the public.
“Just as Halifax is the economic engine for Nova Scotia, the downtown core is the engine for the city,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. “The provincial government needs to understand and respond to that with strong positions and policies. This is a chance for all of the candidates of this vital constituency to share their ideas, and their party’s ideas, on Downtown.”
“Traditionally, Halifax’s downtown central business district has been the key to provincial and municipal prosperity,” said Juanita Spencer, Executive Director of Spring Garden Area Business Association. “How future governments respond to pressures from outside the core is of vital importance to the viability and vitality of our downtown. We will be looking to all candidates to share their party’s commitment to strengthening the cultural and economic heart of our province.”
The forum will allow candidates the opportunity to discuss and debate their views. The public will be able to submit questions in advance via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CSIForum.
About Halifax Business Improvement Districts:
A business Improvement District (BID) is a special assessment district where businesses join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the area. The establishment of a BID provides a unique opportunity for business owners, and commercial property owners, to promote their mutual goals of creating safe, attractive and interesting commercial places aimed at stimulating business.
About Marieke Walsh:
Marieke is the political reporter for Global Halifax. She joined the Halifax newsroom in 2014. Since then, she’s covered an election at every level of government. She started her journalism career on Parliament Hill – first as an associate producer for CBC’s Power and Politics and then as producer for Global’s Sunday political show The West Block. Producing took her to Washington, DC, and Chicago for the 2012 presidential election along with several other trips in Canada to cover conferences, leadership races, and conventions.