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Cobourg taxpayers' group plans debate one year ahead of municipal vote

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

The Victoria Hall art gallery is open year-round during week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during Victoria Playhouse showtimes.

The Victoria Hall art gallery is open year-round during week days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during Victoria Playhouse showtimes.

COBOURG -- The Cobourg Taxpayer's Association is first off the mark in setting up an all-candidates meeting for Cobourg Council hopefuls about year ahead of the advance polls and election.

The all-candidates meeting is set for Oct. 10, 2018 at the Cobourg Best Western Inn and Convention Centre.

Municipal elections across Ontario take place Oct. 22, 2018.

"We set a date we felt appropriate to when the election is, and when the advance polls are ... to generally let potential candidates know and generate, hopefully, interest in civic engagement," associations director Bryan Lambert explained in an interview.

Asked if the Cobourg citizens' group was putting forward a slate of candidates as Hamilton Township's taxpayers group did in the last municipal election, Lambert said: "No. We are not a party."

The association will, however, hold various information sessions before the election, plus it will post candidate information on the Cobourg Taxpayer's Association website (www.cobourgtaxpayers.ca), he said.

The group will also have a column featured occasionally in Northumberland Today.

"Other sessions (meetings) are yet to be determined," Lambert said. "It's early days. Plans are still in formation."

When pressed to explain the early announcement of the meeting date, Lambert replied: "We tend to be a bit more proactive."

In a media release, CTA president Lydia Smith stated: "it's important to increase the public's awareness of municipal issues, to build a better understanding of who the candidates are and where they stand on the issues facing Cobourg, and to motivate eligible voters to cast their votes."

The all-candidates meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Best Western's Ballroom.

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