St. Germain not the best choice
Re: Museum rejects St. Germain (Aug. 27). What a ridiculous non-story. Look, in 2014 young people do not want to hear Ray St. Germain. Sorry, but that is the way it is.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights wants to attract a younger crowd and go a different way.
To pretend that this about discrimination and human rights is the height of stupidity. Chartrand should be ashamed of himself for this grandstanding.
There is no doubt Ray is considered a treasure by many in the province. However, the majority of his fans are not young, and many young people don't even know who he is.
If the Museum requested a recommendation for someone younger and more relevant to young people, Ray is not it. Sierra Noble or another young artist would be a much better choice. This is just an opportunity for the Manitoba Metis Federation to shout discrimination and stir the pot.
The MMF is embarrassing itself. And it's too bad that they're dragging Ray St. Germain down with them. He should be above their lame petty politics.
But why did the CMHR ask the MMF to name someone if it already had a clear idea in mind?
Forum format frustrating
Re: Mayoral wannabes spew clichés at forum (Aug. 27). In a crowded field of candidates (including six credible candidates), it may be difficult for any candidate to provide that much substance at an all-candidates debate.
I think the Free Press coverage will be critical for voters who want to make an informed choice. I am still undecided.
-- Spence Furby
The observation that candidates did little more than "spew clichés" highlights the problem raised with the BIZ debate format.
Fewer candidates in the forum would allow for some deeper discussion, but how to decide who is or is not a "serious contender"?
I have Sanders at the top of my list. There's no other candidate who seems willing and able to shake up city hall.
He may be better suited for the CAO position, as other commenters have previously suggested, but I don't see a better choice for mayor.
And I get the impression that Robert-Falcon Ouellette has good intentions, but I can't imagine how he'd survive in a post-Sam-pocalyptic environment.