It’s now up to voters 

Squamish hosts a rousing all-candidates debate one week before election

They came from all corners of the riding to tell about 100 people at the Squamish all-candidates meeting why voting for them and their party would be a good decision "for all Canadians".

It was an impressive display of political argument and debating skills by all the candidates, but in the end it was the local boy who stole the show.

Marc Bombois, who lives in Squamish and is representing the Canadian Action Party, garnered the least number of votes in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast riding in the 2000 election but from the moment he opened his mouth in this meeting, it was clear that result had done nothing to disturb his passion.

Bombois was up against the big ideas and reputation of the incumbent Conservative MP John Reynolds, the clean-cut exuberance of Liberal candidate Blair Wilson, the resolve and determination of Green Party candidate Andrea Goldsmith, the entertaining style of NDP candidate Nicholas Simons and genuine Marxist Leninist candidate Annie Jamieson.

But Bombois creamed it even though he has some radical ideas and really only espoused opinions on two issues: free trade agreements and banking reform.

Regardless of what the topic was, he was able to act like someone who wants to represent people rather than an agenda.

"The Canadian Action Party was formed to stop the take over of Canada by the U.S.," said Bombois.

"Since 1988 some 13,000 organizations have been bought by wealthy foreigners…. This brings me to my pet peeve: the sponsorship scandal was precipitated by an Auditor General’s report and the media was all over as they should have been.

"But what they never tell us about is another Auditor General’s report in 1993, chapter five, paragraph 41, it’s available online, the federal debt of $550 billion, or whatever insane number it is now, is based on an actual expenditure of $37 billion – all the rest of it is interest.

"Now who would enter into a loan agreement like that?

"There’s no shortage of money is this country, the banking cartels control the money and the federal government allows them to do it."

While he was good, Bombois wasn’t the only one getting his points across crisply.

Goldsmith spoke to the wider issues of democracy in Canada and why this election is so important for all the political parties.

She did the same thing in her dialogue café in Whistler two days earlier.

"I think the single most important issue in this election is democracy and representation," said Goldsmith.

"We don’t have it, people are not participating in this election, people are not voting because they’re disgusted with the government that we do have.

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