Chamber to select questions submitted for candidates

Candidates will need to think on their feet during the Salmon Arm All Candidates Forum.

Federal election candidates will need to think on their feet during the Salmon Arm All Candidates Forum hosted by the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce.

While each candidate will be given an chance to craft an opening and closing statement, much of the time will be devoted to public questions that the candidates will not have heard beforehand.

“We want the responses to be spontaneous. It is not our practice to give the candidates the questions in advance,” says Corryn Grayston, general manager of the chamber.

That being said, there will not be an open microphone for those in attendance to ask questions, instead, the chamber is accepting questions from the public.

The questions will be compiled into categories and condensed into as succinct a format as possible. The board of the chamber will review and select the questions based on the submissions received. This is to save time and make the question period run as smoothly as possible.

Grayston has confirmed that Conservative candidate Mel Arnold, Liberal candidate Cindy Derkaz, NDP candidate Jacqui Gingras will attend, but she is waiting for confirmation from Chris George of the Green Party.

Questions can be submitted through the chamber’s website at

The forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the SASCU Recreation Centre auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m.