Tough questions for candidates seeking your vote on May 5

At the provincial election all-candidates meetings, which are sure to occur in the near future, the political candidates need to be questioned about what results they expect from their term(s) in elected office. Take notes recording their answers

At the provincial election all-candidates meetings, which are sure to occur in the near future, the political candidates need to be questioned about what results they expect from their term(s) in elected office. Take notes recording their answers. Their answers to these citizen questions can then form the basis for the political office holder’s report card, due at the end of their term — when we should all reconvene to re-evaluate the choices made by our elected representatives. Anyone can devise their own questions but some suggestions for these tough questions to the candidates could be any or all of the following:

— What progress will you be able to report about improvements made, along with ongoing plans to continue these improvements, to the natural world we all occupy and owe a great debt for our continued existence?

— How will you demonstrate you have clearly abandoned and condemned the self-serving entitlement attitude of some of your contemporaries?

— How will your constituents know that you conducted your activities in an atmosphere of complete clarity and transparency?

— How will we know that you have improved the living conditions of the people and the environment of this province?

— How will you work towards mandating the replacement of overpaid and underworked education, health-care and social services administrators with efficient onsite caring health-care workers, teachers and social workers, fixing by law the smallest percentage of taxpayer money that can be used for administration costs in any publicly funded institution?

— What evidence will you be able to supply that offering the lowest corporate tax rate and lowest oil royalty rate, accorded multi-national corporations in this province (the same corporations currently laying off many workers but few administrators), has been successful in creating jobs, financing environmental remediation programs in Canada and improving quality of life for all citizens of this province, rather than more reasonable corporate tax rates and royalties operating in other resource-rich domains?

— What specific difference(s) will the citizens of Central Alberta and/or Red Deer notice after your first term in office, compared to your predecessor?

— What do you predict you will be able to brag to all of our grandchildren that you uniquely accomplished as a member of the legislative assembly of Alberta?

— At the end of your term, how can we expect the culture of care, concern, kindness and respect to be developed in the community of all politicians (moving away from the culture of self-serving and petty, partisan rhetoric with its abusive non-informative insulting rants against opponents)?

— At the end of your term, will you think better about yourself as a result of doing your job well or badly?

Remember, if the voting public does not ask the tough questions now, asking them at the end of a candidate’s term is much too late! This would just inevitably initiate the spin doctor’s inspired noise and a set of lost opportunities.

Jim Gough

Red Deer