Make Cities a National Election Issue: Federal Candidates Forum for Downtown on Sept 21 (Halifax)

September 14/15
Make Cities a National Election Issue: Federal Candidates Forum for Downtown on Sept 21 (Halifax)

As part of an initiative of Downtowns Canada, downtown organizations across the country will host forums with federal candidates from Sept. 14-22. Candidates will discuss issues relating to cities and to highlight the importance of urban centres in Canada’s national economic prosperity.  The Halifax Federal Candidates Forum for Downtown will be hosted at Neptune Theatre at 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, September 21, 2015, preceded by cocktails at 5:30pm. The event is free to the public, first-come-first-served.

Candidates from Halifax’s two urban core ridings (Halifax and Dartmouth-Cole Harbour) were invited to participate. Candidates confirmed to participate include Conservative Party candidate IRVINE CARVERY (Halifax), Green Party candidates BRYNN NHEILEY (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour) and THOMAS TRAPPENBURG (Halifax), Liberal Party candidates ANDY FILLMORE (Halifax) and DARREN FISHER (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour), and New Democratic Party candidates ROBERT CHISHOLM (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour) and MEGAN LESLIE (Halifax).

Forum topics will include issues important to urban centres such as:

  • Need for long-term  investment and funding programs for Canadian urban centres
  • Downtown as the employment centre of the region
  • Urban infrastructure and transit investment
  • Support for arts and culture
  • Housing affordability for healthy cities and a prosperous country

The Halifax Federal Candidates Forum for Downtown is presented by Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Spring Garden Area Business Association, Quinpool Road Business Association, North End Business Association, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Fusion Halifax, and Neptune Theatre. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage will bring opening remarks and the forum will be moderated by Dan Leger.

Downtowns Canada is a national coalition of the International Downtown Association (IDA), a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. IDA provides tools, intelligence, and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions of the world.

“With over 80% of Canadians now living in cities, there’s no question every federal party needs strong urban policies,” says Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, and Past-Chair of Downtowns Canada. “The viability of cities lies with the success of their downtown cores. That is why so many groups have come together to press the issue with our local candidates.”


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