Iqaluit city council candidates vote 'yes' for informal debate

Iqaluit city council candidates vote 'yes' for informal debate

Candidates for Iqaluit's city council have come together to create an informal debate ahead of Monday's byelection — organized and run by them. 

Steven Leyden is spearheading the initiative. He reached out to fellow candidates — who are running for two open spots on city council — to hold an informal town-hall-style meeting Thursday night to reach out to people in the community.

Leyden says the other candidates were all for it; they helped gather supplies needed for the debate, and the city's soup kitchen offered its space. 

"Iqaluit is different in a lot of ways," Leyden said. "It's a city, but it's a community and it's still a small-town feeling and everyone helps one another. It's something we don't want to lose contact with."     

Voters can submit questions for candidates on Facebook. At the debate, candidates will pick the questions out of a hat. If there's time after that, they may also take questions from the public at the meeting.

Housing, roads and waste management are expected to be the main topics of discussion, Leyden said.

Six candidates are running to fill two seats on Iqaluit city council. The candidates are:

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Dushyenth Ganesan

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Stephen Leyden

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Jean-Luc Nevin

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Noah Papatsie

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Kyle Sheppard

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Sutheat Tim 

The debate is happening at the Iqaluit soup kitchen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Voting for the byelection is Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cadet Hall and Abe Okpik Hall.