Friday, January 16, 2009

Ignatieff Engages Standing Room-only Crowd At Surrey Town Hall

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff spoke to a "sold out", "wall to wall" crowd at Surrey's Kwantlen Polytechnic University Thursday night, in his West Coast Town Hall.

Mr. Ignatieff was followed by the national media, and commented on several key issues of the day - including the possibility of a Liberal government helping remediate Vancouver Olympic debts with Provincial and Municipal support (spoken to earlier in the day).  

The crowd seemed to be very pleased with Mr. Ignatieff's candor, and there were many comments concerning his ability to move the audience.  Michael - in his usual style - calmly answered question after question, with direct, candid answers in his natural calm demeanor.  He displayed an eloquence and knowledge beyond what we see in current Canadian leaders.

"Smart" is back in politics.

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Steve V said...

Any numbers on attendance?

Anonymous said...

Glad that one went well

Walked out of the Gastown event ... either MI was tired or ...

he hasn't much improved since his 2006 nosedive

could the fawning media and party elites be wrong?(a la J. Turner, K. Campbell)

hope not for Canada's sake

Anonymous said...

Wow - that's great. Sold Out too. How many do you think attended?
How much was the price of admission?
We could sure use the money for the Leader's expences on this tour. Just wondering who foots the bill for Ignatieff's tour?

WesternGrit said...

The room was full, with standing crowd all around. I know the capacity was about 350, and we were probably close to that. They had 175 chairs to start with, and at 6pm they were all full, so they put more out... I would guess between 300 and 350.

Good turnout for a suburban town hall. When you note that there were a lot of non-Liberals there, it makes it even more significant.

WesternGrit said...

Anon 9:59: "Sold out" is an expression to highlight the fact that there was no room left. This was a non-partisan event. There were no membership forms or requests/requirements (unlike Harper's "on the tax-payer dime" partisan events during the election), no door costs, no parking charges (plenty of free parking in and around the area), no donations, contributions, or product placements.

Bottom line: This was a grassroots public event which was only advertised via Facebook (that's right, nothing was spent "promoting" it, since enough Canadians really wanted to hear what Michael had to say).

You're right - it was a "great" event. Attendance was roughly 300 to 350 - from all walks of life (including many Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and faculty).