I have a confession to make: I’m very political.
That probably isn’t much of a shock to anyone who knows me, but for those of you just tuning in, it needed to be said. So today, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper (PMSH) announced the official start of the 2015 Federal Election (#elxn42), it was a big deal. It was the day that my fellow politicos and I had been both anticipating and dreading – and it arrived this morning. This set off the longest campaign in Canadian history; a total of 78 days to go until October 19, 2015.
Over this election period, I’ll be blogging everyday (or at least trying to!) to give you a bit of an inside glimpse into the hectic, fun, and yes, sometimes glamorous, life of a campaign worker.
So what did today bring? Today was the official start to the campaign, but like lots of candidates across the country, the team I’m on has worked hard for months. We were ready to go with our first shipment of signs, and our fabulous sign crew was up around the riding putting signs up. I even put one in myself!
Today was also the start of Folklorama, a 14-day event billed as the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind. Politicians of every stripe will be attending the various pavilions, and we’re no different. We were finalizing plans for the next two weeks as to where we will be, and I’ll be accompanying my candidate some nights. That’s one of the more exciting things I’m looking forward to in my role, as well as planning events. However, there’s one thing everyone participates in: door-knocking. There will be much more of that as the campaign progresses. I actually love going door-to-door, as it gives me the chance to hear what everyday citizens are thinking, those who don’t live and breathe politics or work ‘inside the bubble.’
If you are interested in getting involved, check out this YouTube video to see what it’s all about. Fun fact: volunteers from Winnipeg South are featured!
See you on the campaign trail!