Langley Provincial Election Debate "LIVE" Wednesday May 1

WHEN: This Wednesday May 1st – 7 PM to 9 PM
(6 PM to & 7 PM meet & greet refreshments with all Langley Candidates)

WHERE: Langley Township Civic Facility
20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley, 4th Floor, Fraser River Presentation Theatre
*Free parking available up the ramp or in front of the building



If you can’t attend this debate in person, Click here to watch the debate online, starting May 1st at 7 PM. Or, you can watch it at

The entire debate will be recorded and will be posted to view again after the debate on May 1st until the election.

The debate will also be available to view LIVE on the national website and on the Langley Advance newspaper’s website as well

Both Langley Provincial Ridings at the same time — All Candidates Debate (9 Candidates).

Langley & Fort Langley-Aldergrove provincial ridings.

WHO ASKS The Questions: The Media Power Panel will ask the questions to the candidates. The Media Power Panel consists of;

  1. Frank Bucholtz – Langley Times Newspaper Editor & Surrey North Delta Leader Columnist
  2. Bob Groeneveld – Langley Advance & Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times Newspaper Editor
  3. Mark Forsythe – CBC Radio Anchor for B.C. Almanac, Publisher of THE FORT Newspaper and Columnist

Timekeeper & Moderator:

  • South Fraser CARP Chapter #48 Past Chair Kim Richter

Election Candidates Invited:

Fort Langley-Aldergrove

  • Rich Coleman BC Liberal
  • Lisa David BC Green
  • Shane Dyson BC NDP
  • Rick Manuel BC Conservative
  • Kevin Mitchell Independent


  • John Cummins BC Conservative
  • Wally Martin BC Green
  • Andrew Mercier BC NDP
  • Mary Polak BC Liberal

How to Submit Questions To The Candidates?

Email your suggested questions for consideration by the debate Media Power Panel to [email protected] . If you attending the debate on Wednesday, you can submit them to us there. Finally because the debate is LIVE web streamed we will be taking questions by Twitter before and during the debate at #langleydebate .


South Fraser CARP

The Langley based South Fraser CARP Chapter #48 is a not for profit organization of volunteers advocating for a “New Vision of Aging” for Canada with well over 700 local registered chapter members and over 360,000 members nationally  The current local CARP chapter Chair is Teri McKenzie.  See CARP link at and at

South Fraser OnTraX

South Fraser OnTrax (SFOT) is a local Langley based organization that has a long record and passion for making great communities even better with the introduction of sustainable transportation options and community design that is made available to all. Nathan Pachal is one of the original SFOT founders and its recognized advocacy leader. See SFOT link at .


Each candidate will be given 1 minute to answer an opening question. The Media Power Panel will then direct questions to each riding separately and all candidates in the riding will be given the opportunity to give a 1 minute response.

The Power Panel will also be including shorter “Lightening Round” questions for the candidates. Both of the host organizations will ask 1 question each.

Written and Twitter questions will be taken from the audience. These may be directed to one or more candidates. Finally each candidate will be given 30 seconds for a closing comment/statement.

Miscellaneous Details & Backgrounder

CARP and SFOT are delighted to jointly host the first ever Media Power Panel election candidate debate on May 1st for all Langley & Fort Langley/Aldergrove candidates prior to the Provincial Election.

This is the first ever Langley debate that will include candidates from both the Langley Provincial ridings at the same time and conducted entirely by a local media panel. The election candidates will be questioned by a three member Media Power Panel.

The Media Power Panel will develop and ask the questions as well as receive and ask audience and live Twitter questions from the public. This will also be the first ever internet live streaming debate in Langley.

The debate will commence at 7 PM and end at approximately 9 PM. It  will be preceded by a Candidate “Meet & Greet” event in the 4th Floor Foyer from 6 PM to 7 PM. Refreshments will be provided.

This non partisan debate is open to the public. All 800+ members of both hosting organizations will also be informed of the debate and invited to attend/participate.

Both host organizations will also be asking one question each of the candidates that is of significant importance for their members, demographics, and mission.

South Fraser CARP chair, Teri Mckenzie says, ” This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for all Langley voters to help make their upcoming provincial voting decision based on a non partisan debate of all our local election candidates at one time and in one place debating their party platforms, policies and profiles especially when led by our knowledgeable, well known and distinguished Media Power Panel.”

For all inquiries and more information, please contact Bob Richter (CARP debate sub committee and board executive member) at 604-856-9788.