Sometimes things happen that just make you smile and reaffirm your decision to get involved in politics. That was the case today.
I help with Jim Carr’s social media, and something interesting came across his Twitter feed. A family in the riding had decided to do an election poll, but with a twist: they put out 4 blue boxes, representing the 4 parties in Winnipeg South Centre. People are asked to ‘vote’ by placing a non-perishable food item in the box corresponding to their preferred candidate. The food will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest, and I was told that they would be keeping the boxes out for around 2 weeks. (It’s obviously not a scientific poll, but it shows voter engagement. In this day and age, when there have been articles upon articles about how people are checking out of democracy, this is encouraging to see.)
What was even more inspiring, was that after I put some food in the bin, one of the kids came out and counted how many items were there. So not only are they collecting food for charity, they are showing their kids how important it is to be engaged and helping reinforce skills that they would learn in school. I think this is a great sign, and to borrow one of the Liberal Party’s catch phrases, evidence of #realchange.