[d at DCC] Asking Candidates questions, publishing their answers!
bob at rsmits.ca
Tue Sep 9 00:12:32 EDT 2008
On September 8, 2008 07:30:28 am Russell McOrmond wrote:
> Robert Smits wrote:
> >> On Sat, 30 Aug 2008, Robert Smits wrote:
> >>> Scott, I'm the official agent for NDP MP Jean Crowder. It certainly
> >>> looks like it's on here.
> > I'm sure she will. Send me one and I'll make sure she gets it.
> I think the long-form I tried in the past won't work during an
> election. I'm already told it is way too long.
> We all have a few possibilities.
> What are your thoughts, Robert?
First, unless you're dealing with an MP who already has good knowledge of the
subject, like Charlie Angus, you're going to need to frame the questions in
such a way that they can answer without assuming previous knowledge. This is
especially true in the case of candidates who have not been MP's and may have
had no previous exposure to copyright issues.
Second, keep the questions to a page or less. Every candidate is very very
busy during an election and unless they can do it quickly, their managers may
not give them the time.
Third, include a little background material - describe the general situation
and then ask a specific question. I really like the CIPPIC format, and think
it works better than just bluntly asking the question. It's still a question
of educating people at the same time we ask their views.
Fourth, invite candidates to an all candidate debate on internet and copyright
issues if you can organize one in your area. That's better than letting
industry organize them.
bob at rsmits.ca
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