It’s crunch time. Candidates and their supporters are out pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and getting out the vote.
I know David Remington, my local Liberal candidate, has worn out (at least) one pair of shoes as he’s traveled to communities in this riding—large and small, meeting as many people as he can. David has been out to seven—yes seven—all-candidates’ meetings, and has conducted a few “town hall meetings” in areas that didn’t have an all-candidates meeting. That is no small feat as this riding, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox&Addington—is a very large geographic area—I can’t even guess at the kilometres David, and to be fair, the other candidates, have covered in this campaign.
As we get down to crunch time, David is likely picking up the pace over the weekend as I know he will be at several events in Verona, Perth, Napanee, and Battersea—and that’s just Saturday. I haven’t heard his plans for Sunday yet, but I’m sure it will be an equally busy day. I think I’m going to nickname him “Energizer Dave.”
It is Dave’s belief that if he gets out and meets people, and more importantly, let them meet him, he shares his vision of how politics matters.
And politics matters. That’s why people like me are getting involved in a way that they haven’t before. I’m joining the team on Saturday doing some door-to-door canvassing on Saturday, which should be fun, as well as informative. I’ve never participated in a campaign in this way before. Every vote really does matter, and if I can convince even just one person to vote for David, especially someone who was going to vote for someone else, or worse, not vote at all, it will be a success for me.
It’s time to get involved in the election process, and it’s time to get out the vote. If the turn-out out the advance polls is any indication, there could be line-ups at the polling station, which will be great. Vote early, and then get others out to vote. Do what you can to make this the biggest election in our history. It’s certainly one of the most important I can remember in my lifetime.
Today, Friday, April 29, we had the distraction of the Royal Wedding in London, England, which was lovely, but now it’s time to get back to the election here. It’s crunch time.