The end of the campaign is upon us
Tomrrow we go to the polls. The mood in the Axworthy campaign is upbeat and I’d say the staff are a bit loopy. 30 days of long hours and long weeks have pushed these folks past the tired mark. After the election is over I imagine most of them will run to their favourite retreat place and not do anything at all for as many days as they can. These folks work hard.
All indicators are good going in. Our canvasse revealed that the NDP are significant factor in one area of the city and no where else. The north end of the city is decided Liberal, and there is a surprising amount of support in rural Saskatchewan as well. It is very difficult to find a Conservative lawn sign in the city, and the Conservative campaign seemed to lack the resources to get stuff done in the campaign. They annoyed people by using a machine to call people up and solicit voting intentions. The local media finally picked up on the fact the Conservative candidate Maurice Vellacott was using his tax payer funded RV to campaign with. His use of tax payer funds to send out letters about how Stockwell Day could be the next Winston Churchill was pretty much what sent me over the edge a few years ago. I used to have the guy’s sign on my lawn. Ugh.
It was very impressive driving by the Axworthy campaign office. It is a very large office and it was often entirely circled by the vehicles of staff and volunteers. I would walk in and it felt like I was part of this powerful machine. There is no way the Liberals could win this riding without Axworthy. His personal popularity in this city brought out a lot of volunteers and financial support. His experience and abilities have been a huge factor. It was easy to stay motivated when you believe in the party’s approach and the candidate.