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Paul Fromm Denounces Exclusion from MIRANET Debate as “Anti-Democratic”
PORT CREDIT, October 5, 2014. The Mississauga Residents’ Associations Network (MIRANET’s) anti-democratic and insolent decision to allow just two candidates, two tired Liberal establishment warhorses to participate in a televised debate Monday night is insulting. This announcement is an anti-democratic outrage. There are 16 candidates registered for Mayor of Mississauga. Ten or eleven seem sufficiently serious to attend public events when invited.
It appears that the Mississauga establishment, including the Mississauga News and MIRANET have decided that only two candidates merit serious attention and that the other 14 are just “fringies.” Denied a public forum this judgement may well become a reality for the unfortunate fourteen.
The sixteen candidates offer a wide spectrum of opinions, experience and goals. Mississauga taxpayers should have the widest possible opportunity to hear these contenders so that they can cast an informed vote on October 27.
I agree with criticisms by a number of other candidates, including Kevin Jackal Johnston, Grant Isaac, Stephen King and Masoud Khan:
“ I would like to request information on the selection process. How did you arrive at only 2 candidates? What precluded the others from being involved?” — Kevin Jackal Johnston
“ You might as well cancel the debate on October 6,as your organization has just lost all credibility with this decision to limit the participants to Mrs. Crombie and Mr. Mahoney!
You are obviously supporting one or both of these two candidates and attempting to advance their interests by limiting the public exposure of the others. The voting public is not stupid, even though Mississauga politicians have thought we were since 1974,and even moreso in the last decade. This is why drastic change is long overdue and will take place in 2014! …
Is MIRANET aware of the concept of participatory democracy? How about just plain democracy? What a pathetic organization.” — Grant Issac
“ Like Mr Khan I also have your emails clearly indicating probability of invite, especially since I was unable to attend the last debate. From a legal standpoint this chain of “evidence” clearly indicates misrepresented facts and that Mr. Mahoney and Ms. Crombie where the only candidates that you had any intention of inviting to the second debate.” — Stephen King
“You must be out of your mind to send me an insulting email like this, I am not a Joe from the street who you can kick around, I have a very busy schedule every day running around from my one business to another.
You have been sending me an email or two every day, made me schedule this particular day for the debate and now you have the guts to tell me that just two out of 15 candidates will be debating, I am suggesting that you review your decision to avoid any litigation in the future.” — Masoud Khan
I, too, had arranged my schedule to free up time to participate in the October 6 debate. One of MIRAMET’s recent e-mails says: ”
PLEASE NOTE: A further date has been set for MIRANET to host an in-depth Mayoral Debate, to take place at Sheridan College on Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This Debate will be aired live by Rogers TV and also rebroadcast throughout the month leading up to the municipal election on October 27, 2014. Attendance at this debate is by invitation only, and the invitations will not be issued until after the Sept. 25th Forum has taken place.” This announcement is a teaser and suggests — as it was sent to me — that I might well be among the invitees.
This treatment of the vast majority of mayoralty candidates in unfair and downright rude.
The MIRAMENT e-mail is nothing short of insulting: “Attendance at the MIRANET Mayoral Debate is by invitation only, including the audience, which will be comprised of representatives of Mississauga’s ratepayer associations, community stakeholder liaisons, and Sheridan College students. “ It is much as says to me and the other 13 “fringies” “and you’re not invited. Na, na, na, na, na, na!”
I recall bitterly attending at the exclusive” special people” debate held during the last municipal election and, along with several other excluded candidates, being denied entry and moved away by burly “security”