Daily Archives: October 15, 2011
It appears we are again, off to the races. For me, this will be my third election campaign. I ran for the first time back in 2008 for the Green Party of Canada in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin. My second election was a provincial by-election in Saskatoon-Riversdale in 2009. And I am now running in my home riding of Saskatoon-Meewasin.
I spent my afternoon out on the door-steps of my neighbours. Unlike many who enter the muddy floor of the political arena, I actually really enjoy getting out and talking to folks. Door-knocking is a chance to listen to the real concerns of my fellow community members, and I enjoy hearing their stories (and getting to share a few of my own).
This is the first year I am campaigning in my own neighbourhood. I have ties to both ridings where I’ve run in the past (I grew up in, and my extended family still lives in, Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) but it feels different to be able to walk your door, and walk straight over to the first house on the left. It actually felt really good. And it was nice getting to introduce myself to a few neighbours that I haven’t had a chance to visit with before. It was great seeing so many familiar faces.
I’ll admit, my biggest political failing is that I’m not a politician – mind you, that’s also one of my greatest strengths. Where it hinders me though, is in my fundraising ability. I’m not comfortable asking people for money. Yet any successful campaign requires funding. I just can’t do it though. So my campaign this year (unless someone sees this blog post and decides, based on it and their knowledge of me, to donate – you’ll get most of it back come tax time) will be run on left overs: old campaign signs, and brochures. Things I knew I kept around for a reason. Most of them say Green Party of Canada, but I’m sure it’s a small thing my constituents will forgive (as long as Elections-Saskatchewan does). To be honest, I’d rather reuse these things than have new ones printed anyway. These types of things can contribute to a rather large amount of waste and it just makes sense to use them again. Where I would like to have some funds to spend would be on a new leaflet and perhaps a mailing – simply to ensure that something gets to each one of my constituents… as I know I won’t make it to every door, or have a chance to speak with every family. So here it is… my one and only plea for contributions. I could use them, and would very much appreciate anything you’d be willing to send my way. It would definitely be put to use.
It feels good being back on the doorstep. In our communities these days, we don’t often gather like we used to. And going door knocking reminds me of all the good that’s here. We are a strong community, full of amazing people: families, seniors, students just starting out. It’s a diverse neighbourhood, and one that I’m proud to call home.
Please feel free to drop me a line to talk about your hopes for Saskatchewan, the messages you hope the politicians will take away from this election. I’d love to hear from you.
And to the other candidates in Saskatoon-Meewasin? Good luck with your campaigns!