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).
I sent the email below containing three questions to Joe Fontana and Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (incumbent), and then followed up with a phone call to ensure the message didn’t get lost in a spam file.
VoiceofCanada asks London’s mayoral candidates 3 questions about LCC refusal to host Mark Steyn event
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:
I am a London resident (371 Vesta Place) and I am the editor of VoiceofCanada.ca.
As you may be aware, the London Convention Centre recently refused to rent a room to Mr. Andrew Lawton and his organization Strictly Right for a speech by internationally-known author and commentator Mark Steyn.
Posted in Freedom of Expression, MUST SEE, Racial Profiling, True North - NOT free!
Tagged Andrew Lawton, Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, Joe Fontana, London Convention Centre, Lori Da Silva, Mark Steyn, Mark Steyn cancelled in London, Mark Steyn in London, Strictly Right