Candidates stick to their party platforms during forum

The five residents of the NWT looking to represent the territory in the House of Commons formed a panel Thursday evening to answer questions from the voting public.
Western Arctic candidates Dennis Bevington, Eli Purchase, Bonnie Dawson, Sandy Lee and Joe Handley represented their respective parties in the Community Hall, answering a vast range of questions.
The forum began with a quick introduction from each of the candidates, before they answered a series of five questions – one submitted by each candidate.


The questions ranged from seniors  care to animal and spousal abuse and each candidate had distinct answers relating back to their parties platform.
Bevington kicked off the evening giving the reasons he believes Canada is seeing another election.
“We’ve seen a deterioration or the conduct of parliament by the government,” he said.
He also mentioned that he believes this election will be about finding a responsible government that will watch how it collects money, and what it spends it on.
Purchase stuck to his three priorities and three platforms throughout the question period, vowing to put Northern residents before his party platform.
He also assured Hay River that he would donate half of his pay cheques and his tax returns to charities, to live around the $45,000 annual salary of most Northerners.
“That’s how I keep in touch with the average Northerner,” said Purchase.
After each representative answered the questions submitted by their fellow candidates, members of the public were able to come up and ask questions they felt were important for this election.
Included were questions regarding catastrophic drugs and prisons, land claims and how the chosen Member of Parliament will interact with Aboriginal leadership in the NWT.
The one of the last questions asked was directed at Lee, inquiring as to what she would do to change the “attacking” and “bullying” attitude the Conservatives have been known to show.
“I’m known as a scrapper,” she said.
“You can be aggressive without being a bully.”
Canadians will be heading to the polls to elect a new government on May 2.