Pancakes and Politics: Edmonton Meals Truck Lot is internet hosting meet-and-greet sequence for local people and federal candidates

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Lauren Boothby Hon Leong is the owner of The Lot (124 Street / 107 Avenue), where Edmonton mayoral candidate Kim Krushell hosted a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Hon Leong is the owner of The Lot (124 Street / 107 Avenue), where Edmonton mayoral candidate Kim Krushell hosted a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Photo by Larry Wong /Postal media

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The owner of a popular food truck is hosting a series of free pancake breakfasts to give Edmontons an opportunity to meet candidates running in local and federal elections.

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Han Leong, owner of Lot at 124 Street, said he had been approached by some campaigns to post signs on his property but wanted to be politically neutral. Instead, he invited candidates to host a free pancake breakfast on a weekend morning before the election.

Leong said the goal is to create an accessible, casual, and family-friendly event where everyone can come and meet those who are vying for their votes and asking them questions.

“It’s an all inclusive environment for the people who come up on the political issues of the day and jump back and forth at will. And depending on which path you end up on, this can tell about how you are going to cast your vote, ”he said.

“It’s not a dingy, fancy late night dinner… (People) shouldn’t have to pay $ 20 or $ 40 to sit down and hear someone tell them how they’re going to help build this city. It should be an environment that is inclusive for everyone. “

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Some of the food is donated by local suppliers. Han pays the rest of the deal out of his own pocket, but asks the candidates to intervene if they can.

So far, in the coming weeks he has put up seven different candidates for breakfast and a question-and-answer session from 8:30 to 10:30, including O-day’min ward candidate Gabrielle Battiste on Sunday, and mayoral candidate Cheryll Watson on next Saturday, Edmonton Center Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault next Sunday, O-day’min candidate Gino Akbari on September 18, Edmonton Center Conservative candidate James Cumming on September 19, and Mayoral candidate Amarjeet Sohi on September 2 October.

Team Krushell serves pancakes

Mayoral candidate and former councilor Kim Krushell was the first to host a meal. Her team served around 75 guests pancakes, sausages, tater tots and hot drinks on Saturday morning.

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From a podium, Krushell told attendees that she was running for mayor because she was interested in the people of Edmonton, the future of the city, and the economy and technology industries.

Edmonton mayoral candidate Kim Krushell speaks to a supporter during a campaign's free pancake breakfast that will be held on Saturday, Jan. Edmonton mayoral candidate Kim Krushell speaks to a supporter during a campaign’s free pancake breakfast that will be held on Saturday, Jan. Photo by Larry Wong /Postal media

She referred to her previous work as a councilor on neighborhood renewal, Edmonton’s NextGen, getting rid of the trolleybus system and starting work on the plan to end homelessness.

After her speech, she told Postmedia that she heard people are frustrated with the business permit and approval system and that she wants to streamline part of the bureaucratic process at City Hall and focus on core services.

She also wants the city to validate its own tech companies by piloting more of their products, she said.

“I think our next mayor should have a really good understanding of innovation and technology because that’s the future,” she said. “On the one hand, you have to meet with the existing companies that we have and see how we can network and intersect and see what opportunities there are. But they also have to get out and look for opportunities for the residents. “

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Krushell, who owns two tech companies, said if elected there would be a firewall between her and any decisions where there might be a perceived conflict of interest.

She also said if the city is to end homelessness it must stop viewing them as a homogeneous group and focus on housing.

The city needs to accommodate diverse populations – including seniors, students, families, and people who are difficult to accommodate – and create programs that are tailored to the specific needs of each group.

A Leger poll conducted for Postmedia last month put Sohi at the top of the mayor’s seat at 29 percent, followed by Mike Nickel at 10 percent and Krushell at third with five percent.

The Canadian federal elections will be on September 20th and the Edmonton local elections will be on October 18th.

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