What might surprise some people is that some of the best friendships I’ve made have been through politics. Whether it’s through working together on executives or even running against each other for positions, there are relationships I have with so many people who I feel so fortunate to have developed.
There’s nothing quite like an intense period of time to bring people together; say 37 days (or 78 days in 2015!) of straight election campaigning. If you’re lucky enough to work on a campaign, you’re in the trenches working hard, day in and day out. You very quickly get to know you’re working with and if you will be friends forever.
Some of my friends have moved on to work at the federal government level, some in provincial governments, many at municipal levels, and others continue to be involved in politics on the side while working their ‘day jobs.’ What’s never changed is that I can call up any one of the friends I’ve made over the years and know that we have a connection that cannot be broken.
This election campaign has brought about new friendships – ones that are forged out of common goals and excitement for the future. I feel so lucky to have these friends; and I am confident knowing that as I work my way through life, and through politics, these friendships will continue to develop and strengthen. That’s just another example of what politics has given me and why I urge everyone I know to take part.