When I chat to our wannabe Liberal MP, Tony Van Bynen, at Tim’s I have no idea we are being closely observed by two members of the public (who are unknown to me).
They nurse their coffees and wait to see who will turn up to chat with Tony, our next MP. They choose not to approach him themselves (which, to me, seems very weird).
It is a long wait. And then the doors swing open and I arrive to ask the great man a few unscripted questions. I listen to his answers and go with the flow.
They take this photo which, I suppose, is worth more than a thousand words.
Just the candidate, eyes glued to a screen. Nothing on the table to advertise his presence. Nothing to say “please chat with me”. And no attempt to interact with anyone else in Tim Hortons.
Coffee with the Candidate
But I suppose Tony has ticked a box on his website’s events calendar. Been there. Done it.
Elsewhere… According to Tony’s events calendar it looks as if Tim Hortons has now been abandoned as a venue but you can still have “Coffee with the Candidate” at the Liberal Campaign Office at 12 St John’s Sideroad, Aurora L4G 0M6 between 7pm-8pm on the following dates:
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Having coffee with the candidate is well worth doing. I’d recommend it.
Tony will ask if the conversation is being recorded. So it is important you turn off your phone and keep both hands visible on the table.