Mayor Kate Quarrie Refuses To Speak With Students Before Elections
Thursday, October 26, 20068 Comments
There is an all candidates debate scheduled on campus for November 2nd from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Peter Clark Hall (basement of the UC). All four mayoral candidates were invited to attend over a month ago. All but the current mayor Kate Quarrie have accepted the invitation. Quarrie also refused to attend a debate held October 18th by the Guelph-Wellington Coalition for Social Justice. Then thecannon.ca found out that Quarrie also refused an offer from CFRU radio (the campus-community radio station located on the second floor of the UC).
The excuse Quarrie has been giving is that there are “scheduling conflicts” which prevent her from attending. Since there is growing doubt that she actually has a scheduling conflict, and many are starting to speculate that she is intentionally avoiding public forums where her constituents can ask questions, the CSA decided to present her with an open invitation and invited her to come at any time and on any day and offered to schedule an event around her time schedule.
Thecannon.ca was provided copies of the email correspondence, and what follows are a few excerpts. The CSA wrote: “[We are] now going to provide you with the option of choosing any day between now and November 13th to come to the university and meet with students…The other three candidates have shown a clear concern for the citizens of Guelph, simply by coming out to public events and answering questions... The offer is on the table.”
The reply came from Jane Armstrong, the Campaign Co-Chair for Kate Quarrie. She said: “Thank-you but Mayor Quarrie declines to attend... She has already accepted five invitations to debate the other candidates…Mayor Quarrie feels that these five forums, her website and other publications, are sufficient to inform all the voting public of her position on the issues.”
When thecannon.ca spoke with CFRU Radio about their attempts to reach Mayor Kate Quarries “This is a problem not only in this election," said Erinn White, Spoken Word Co-ordinator of CFRU. "Kate Quarrie has been invited, as all the mayoral candidates were, for an individual interview with our hosts. She has declined to work with CFRU in any way." She went on to say: “This concerns many people because they feel Kate Quarrie is excluding the student population. At CFRU we're concerned about that, but also concerned because we serve the entire Guelph community, and many people turn to us for information about their local elections."
The case of candidates not attending public forums is common in Guelph. In January the Liberal incumbent Brenda Chamberlain refused to attend numerous public forums during the federal election campaign. Of about 15 in total, she attended only four.
Quarrie is confirmed for some debates, two of which are on Wednesday, November 1st. One is at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at Guelph Place Banquet Hall (492 Michener Rd) from 7pm – 9:30pm and the other on C-JOY radio from 10am until noon. Getting to the Guelph Place Banquet Hall requires either a vehicle or a long bus ride, but you can call in to the C-JOY station at 519-824-7000. Thecannon.ca encourages students to call in to the C-JOY interview to ask her questions. Thecannon.ca has not received a single direct answer to several questions sent to both her and her campaign team.