The St. John’s Board of Trade is launching a campaign to make voters aware of candidates’ positions on key topics as the Sept. 24 municipal election approaches.
“Any election is an opportunity for people to say to candidates, ‘This is what we want for our future,’ and that’s exactly what we are encouraging,” said Board of Trade chairman Denis Mahoney, according to a statement released by the board Wednesday that says it’s “putting the policy into politics.”
The Board of Trade, partnering with the Telegram, will be asking “issue-specific questions” of all candidates on key issues, including city infrastructure, development and population growth.
The board is also aligning with other groups to engage voters and promote public dialogue.
Those groups include the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, which advances discussion and promotion of economic and societal development, and non-profit group Happy City, which encourages public discussion of civic issues.
The campaign is part of the board’s regular involvement in municipal affairs, including meeting elected officials and senior bureaucrats, as it lobbies on behalf of business owners, which the board considers crucial to “maintain a competitive business climate” in St. John’s.