In anticipation of the upcoming Halifax mayoral election on October 17, a Mayoral Candidates Forum Virtual Event, hosted by 14 business related organizations, will be streamed live on Wednesday, September 16, 2:00-3:30 pm, on the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (“Downtown Halifax”) Facebook page and YouTube channel, DHBC1. All three Halifax mayoral candidates will be participating: incumbent Mayor Mike Savage, Max Taylor, and Councillor Matt Whitman. The forum will be moderated by Norma Lee MacLeod, consultant and former host of CBC’s “Maritime Noon.” This is a free virtual event and closed captioning will be available. For more information and links, visit downtownhalifax.ca/mayorforum.
“This forum is a partnership among 14 business related organizations, as we felt we needed to have a strong voice on municipal issues in front of the mayoral candidates,” said Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission. “Collectively, these organizations represent the majority of the businesses in the city. It was important to bring focus to the issues that affect the business community, including development, affordable housing, tax reform, and businesses affected by COVID-19.”
The 14 organizations that have partnered to present Mayoral Candidates Forum include: Black Business Initiative, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Greater Burnside Business Association, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, North End Business Association, Our HRM Alliance, Porters Lake Business Association, Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association, Sackville Business Association, Spring Garden Area Business Association, Spryfield Business Association, and The Village On Main Community Improvement District.
"The forum is an opportunity for the public to understand the candidates' priorities and plans for affordable housing, intensifying growth centres, and protecting the city's most valuable places through Halifax's Green Network," said Meredith Baldwin, Coordinator of Our HRM Alliance. "The mayor can set a vision and provide guidance to address the unique issues that our citizens will face through the coming years."
The forum will allow candidates the opportunity to discuss and debate their views. The public will be able to submit questions live via Facebook and YouTube or join the Twitter conversation using the #MayorForum hashtag. The public will be able to watch the forum without an account on YouTube but an account will be required to ask questions. An account will be required to watch and ask questions on Facebook.