Questions please, not statements

To the Editor,

This will probably be a disjointed rant regarding the Candidates Forum, held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the REC Centre in Lillooet, but here it goes. I was shocked to not have heard the term, "Reconciliation" from any of the candidates when asked how they would develop healthy relationships with Indigenous people.

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Furthermore, I was dismayed to not have heard discussion around mental health and the homeless (opioid crisis, yes, but not mental health). At times, the ancient blame game was still being played. 

Then there was the audience, with some who refused to follow a simple rule: ask one question of the candidates. It was not a time to vent and make statements. That kind of self-centred behaviour negated the fact that others, sometimes with chronic illnesses, were waiting patiently for a turn. I felt badly that I had to leave at the break; I was not well. I would have preferred to have heard everyone's question and the responses; however, since some community members were long winded, I was unable to do so.

On a positive note, I want to thank Verne Rasmussen who worked tirelessly at maintaining the rules, flow, and decorum of the evening.

Dana Hangle


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