The Brampton Board of Trade has organized a series of debates bringing business issues to candidates vying for local and regional Council seats tomorrow on Monday, September 17. The candidate debates will be streamed live on Facebook for both city and regional wards and the race for Brampton Mayor.
First, let me commend the Board of Trade for organizing these debates for its membership.
But, unfortunately I can not participate because it conflicts with Brampton City Council annual golf tournament. On the surface it might appear that I need to reorder my priorities. I thought it important to comment before someone suggests I think a golf tournament is more important than speaking to Brampton’s business community.
First off, I am co-chair of this tournament and I made that commitment in March of this year. Second, this tournament was organized three years ago as a joint effort among all council members to raise funds for the Peel Memorial Hospital. It was a cause that all of council could rally behind.
In its first year we raised $65,000, which was matched by Orlando Corp. Last year we raised another $55,000 and we are expecting to hit that or higher in this year’s sold out tournament. We had pledged to raise a quarter of a million over four years.
Councillor Doug Whillans is the chair, and I am vice chair. The tournament starts at 8:30 am and is completed for dinner by about 4 pm. My ward time live debate is scheduled for 11 am.
While I appreciate the opportunity to address the business community, I believe I have to honour my previous commitment to raising funds for Peel Memorial.
Please tune in tomorrow to BRAMPTONBOT.COM/LIVE
Municipal Debate Times: September 17, 2018
- Wards 1 & 5 (City councillors) 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
- Wards 2 & 6 (City councillors) 10:15AM to 11:00 AM
- Wards 3 & 4 (City councillors) 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM
- Wards 7 & 8 City councillors) 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
- Wards 9 & 10 (City councillors) 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
- Mayor’s Debate – 3:45 PM – 5:00PM