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From: Meghann Coughlan <meghanncoughlan@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Abbotsford’s Mayor Bruce Banman Cancels and Un-Cancels his Appearance at Mayoral Debate
To: editor@abbynews.com, Mike Archer <mike@abbotsfordtoday.ca>, shane.woodford@corusent.com, thehouse@cbc.ca, “Palmer, Vaughn (Vancouver Sun)” <vpalmer@vancouversun.com>, Andrew Holota <aholota@blackpress.ca>, bhutchinson@nationalpost.com, editor@thetyee.ca, tabtips@theprovince.com, tips@globaltvbc.com, sunnewstips@vancouversun.com

Tonight, at 7:00 pm, Bruce Banman announced that he would not be attending the mayoral debate tomorrow evening due to Diwali celebrations in Abbotsford. As a former mayoral candidate, I am aware that the email invitation for the debate would have been sent approximately 2 weeks ago. They would have asked whether the date worked for him and waited to schedule until they’ve heard back – especially considering that he is our incumbent mayor and one of only 2 candidates this election.
With 24 hours to go until the debate, Bruce Banman publicly cancelled via his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bruce-Banman/1562319613991319

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After many negative comments re: his cancellation, Bruce Banman apologised for “the confusion” and stated that he would be in attendance for one hour.This status update was then edited to clarify that he would be there between 8 and 9 pm.
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He also removed any comments questioning why he would not be in attendance.   (Meghann)