Preston Manning answered questions from the audience about Calgary's 2013 civic election and the involvement of the Manning Centre. 

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CBC Calgary's municipal reporter Scott Dippel hosted the conversation, and asked Manning some questions of his own.

The Manning Centre has been running workshops for candidates with "market-oriented ideas and principles" running for councillor in this year's Oct. 21 election.

The centre was founded by Manning, a former federal politician who sat as a Calgary MP. He is the founder of the Reform Party, a precursor to today's Conservative Party of Canada.

The Calgary-based conservative think-tank was at the centre of a controversy early this year when a video from a private developer's meeting was released to media. The video showed some Calgary home builders outlining a plan to get developer-friendly candidates on city council, which included donating to the Manning Centre. 

We spoke about:

  • Slates in municipal politics.
  • Developer issues. 
  • The centre's foray into municipal politics. 
  • The difference between the Manning Centre and the Manning Foundation.

Comment below to keep the conversation — hosted by CBC Calgary municipal affairs reporter Scott Dippel — going.

Last week, political strategist Stephen Carter took part in a live chat with Dippel. You can find it here

We'll also host an election night live chat from 8-11:30 p.m MT on Oct. 21.