Election fever or fizzle?

Who would know that the federal election is only a short five days away? Maybe the Liberal planning machine that called the election, understood that Canadians would hesitate to become involved. Maybe all the federal parties were complicit in getting the election underway.

This riding has been held by three Liberal candidates and one New Democrat candidate through the previous five election cycles. I have had the great fortune to know Ken Boshkoff, John Rafferty, and Don Rusnak. I have not had the chance to meet Marcus Powlowski the current sitting member in the riding. In voting, I have always looked to the candidate who I felt would best represent the interests of the people of the riding. I did not pay attention to the national party leaders nor their party platforms believing that over time, all the party platforms would evolve and arrive at the best decisions for governing Canada.

I believe that no party has all the answers for Canadians. All 338 elected members form the government and through committee work the best solutions will be arrived at.

However, in this election, no election material has arrived at my door. No canvasser has knocked on my door asking me to consider their candidate. I know we are in pandemic mode, but a pamphlet in my mailbox would be welcomed. As I look about Fort Frances there is an absence of signage for candidates.

We are left to only consider the popularity contest between the party leaders. I probably would consider voting for the three major candidates if they were running in the Thunder Bay/Rainy River riding. In this election are we expected to vote for the proxy candidate representing the national party leader or are we to vote for the candidate who would best represent the district?

CBC, CTV, City TV, Global and all the major papers in Canada have paid for their tickets and accommodation fees to travel with the party leaders, and every day the parties attempt to find photo opportunities and quick sound bites to gain valuable time on national television. It is all theatre with pre-written and rehearsed speeches delivered several times a day while the candidates escape from questions from local voters in their stops which might embarrass them.

Locally, some of the candidates have not submitted answers to question put to them by interest groups and two were absent in local debates. This is the election we face. Monday is voting day. Advance polling is over as is mail in balloting.

Take time to find out about the local candidates, and then vote.

Former Publisher
Fort Frances Times