|Manitoba Filipino Business Council poster|
It looks like I missed out on an important debate yesterday. The Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) held a forum for all 9 mayoral candidates at Sisler High School. In today’s Winnipeg Free Press, reporter Bartley Kives sums up the event with a sad (but expected) title, “Mayoral wannabes spew clichés at forum.”
In a MFBC news release, the forum was supposed to allow candidates to “discuss their perspectives and platforms in relation to hot topics in the city’s Filipino community.” What those “hot topics” were exactly was not disclosed.
The CBC reports that candidates responded to questions about experience with ethnic communities. To what appears to be a diverse but sparse audience, the candidates responded with other clichés on culture. Steeves is said to appreciate the “go get it” nature of newcomers. Havixbeck is said to have worked in a grocery store as a teen where she learned about Filipino culture. Sanders commented on his work with Chinese and Aboriginal communities. Wasylycia-Leis referred to her arrival to Winnipeg shortly after the first wave of Filipino immigrants. Notably, Ouellette posed the question “What is culture?”