UPDATE: As of 1500 Oct 25/10 – Election Day – neither mayoral candidate has responded to the 3 questions herein.
The issues associated with a city-owned venue restricting the Charter rights of non-Muslims who want to bring in a speaker for a lawful speech are serious ones so, as a London resident, I felt the two leading contenders for the city’s Mayor’s chair should have a chance to make their positions known about the London Convention Centre’s refusal to rent a room for Strictly Right’s presentation of Mark Steyn (see References below).
From: Mark Vandermaas, Editor – VoiceofCanada.ca [email@example.com]
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Q for candidates re LCC refusal to rent room for Mark Steyn event
Dear Ms. DeCicco-Best and Mr. Fontana:
1. Do you support the argument that non-Muslims’ Charter right to ‘Freedom of Expression’ should be violated or restricted by any city-owned venue as an alternative to protecting this important right?YES or NO, and WHY?2. Do you feel it is acceptable for the LCC to host ‘Sexapalooza’ but not permit Mr. Steyn to appear for a speech about free speech?YES or NO, and WHY?3. If you are elected, are you prepared to direct the London Convention Centre to uphold the Charter rights of all citizens by requiring it to rent to any group – including non-Muslim – that does not have an unlawful intent or a history of unlawful behaviour?YES or NO, and WHY?
As promised, I will publish the candidates’ responses in full without editing them.
Anne Marie DeCicco-Best campaign website: www.VoteDeCiccoBest.com
Joe Fontana campaign website: www.JoeFontanaForMayor.ca
Strictly Right: www.StrictlyRight.com
Strictly Right.com: Strictly Right Presents Mark Steyn!
National Post, Oct 22/10: Centre refuses to host Steyn lecture on free speech
VoiceofCanada, Oct 22/10: Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation, Part 2
VoiceofCanada, Oct 21/10: Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation at London Convention Centre?
Strictly Right: Andrew Lawton and Michael Coren on the Mark Steyn controversy
Mark Steyn -SteynOnline.com: Sexapalooza, yes; Steynapalooza, no
Mark Vandermaas, Editor