Plodding toward the finish
“Perhaps I’m just being a bit nostalgic, but I remember when our political leaders had character, and often were characters. They had personalities that came through on the campaign stump. You remembered a John Diefenbaker in full oratorical splendour.”
If it weren’t for the blight of signs, how would anyone know there was an election underway? Political campaigns have become boring.
With a little less than two weeks left in the campaign, I’ve received one flyer and one telephone call from candidates’ campaigns. And the phone caller wanted to know if they could count on my vote! Not that they would appreciate my vote but could they count on my vote as if they already had it! It’s a secret ballot for a reason.
I can remember as a poll captain many years ago doing a full canvass of the poll once a week, every week of the campaign seeking the support of voters.
Campaigns engaged with the people and the people were engaged in the election. But it doesn’t appear that way anymore.
Campaigns don’t have the big rallies anymore. Those events, which would draw hundreds of people, friend and foe alike, were loud, vibrant and sometimes rowdy events that got the people involved.
Today you see the candidates having a meet and greet with a handful of already-committed supporters at their campaign headquarters. Leaders announce policies from behind a podium to a handful of reporters in a near-empty room. That’s not engagement!
It now seems that parties and their leaders would rather campaign via Facebook than face-to-face. If you don’t friend them, or at least be a friend of a friend, too bad.
Perhaps I’m just being a bit nostalgic, but I remember when our political leaders had character, and often were characters. They had personalities that came through on the campaign stump. You remembered a John Diefenbaker in full oratorical splendour.
And then people wonder why the voter turnout drops from election to election.
There’s nothing to engage them anymore.
Hopefully we can spice up the remaining two weeks!