Saturday, January 19, 2013

Some Notes on the Rosetown Debate

Video Link: LINK

As promised, the party has put up the video link for the Rosetown debate, so we're going to talk a little about it. As pointed out during the debate this debate took place in a rural area of Saskatchewan, as such the bulk of the conversation focused on rural issues that we haven't heard a lot about thus far in the campaign.

In continuing with our last post related to a debate, I don't think we'll be doing individual profiles for the candidates with regards to this debate. For the most part, I thought the candidates showed that they have a good grasp of issues that concern rural voters; and each is more than willing to put in the work needed to repair relationships in rural areas across the province.

Now, since I don't have a desire to recap a video that everyone can watch, I think we'll focus a bit on some of the larger areas of discussion that came up during the debate and the more memorable moments.

Since the candidates stayed pretty close to their backgrounders and policy announcements, I don't think we need to worry too much about repeating what was said with regards to questions from the audience. If anyone is truly interested in hearing those responses, I high recommend watching the full video or checking out the campaign websites to find specific answers.

For the most part, I don't see this debate as a real game changer (so it is much in line with the other debates up until this point). There were a few exchanges that stood out; such as Erin and Ryan's exchange during the candidate questions regarding abortion, and Erin's accusation of Trent volunteering for another party back in the 2004 federal election. I also think Cam and Trent's exchange on land ownership stood out, and might perhaps highlight some different approaches between the two MLA candidates.

Ultimately, I think it was pretty much in line with the other debates that we've seen up until this point. The opening and closing statements were good moments for the candidates to highlight some of their 'front-line' policy announcements, as well as to sneak in some of the campaign buzzwords and phrases that have come to define the central message of their campaigns.

They all handled the questions fairly aptly, with no one really dropping the ball on any issue or having any real difficultly addressing any of the questions. Again, to repeat from above, I think the candidates did a good job highlighting their familiarity and concern with rural issues in the province, and they all showed a dedication to rebuilding not just the party but connections in rural Saskatchewan.

It was good to hear more about rural issues, and some more specifics on things such as foreign land ownership, and I think we've seen some tremendous strength from all of the candidates when it comes to addressing concerns and issues that exist in rural Saskatchewan.

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