Voters have listened to the debates, they have heard the stump speeches (too many times), they are now turning their attention towards their riding candidates. This election is down to who voters are going to vote for in their ridings.
I was reminded of that this evening by a phone call from my MP, James Rajotte. It was a townhall meeting in your own home. It was a conference call made from my MP to over 9000 people. If you stayed on the line you could listen to the questions and hear how your MP answered the questions. You could ask a question if you wanted to, or just listen. I listened, and it was worth it. The questions were actually about the issues and party platform. One NDP voter noted that even though he didn't vote for James, he respected him and the job he was doing. That is what becomes most important, electing a MP that will listen to all sides, and work with everyone in the riding. James is an excellent MP, and will get re-elected with his usual over 50% of voter support, from all parties. I'm hoping he will get to become a Minister, but that doesn't really matter, I just like that he helps all constituents.
I wonder if NDP MP Linda can say the same thing? NOT! She wants to shut new development of the oil sands down, killing thousands of jobs on top of her party wanting to bring in cap and trade.
Driving through the Edmonton Strathcona riding, it is a close sign race. Linda has more huge signs (not very environmentally friendly, tsk, tsk!) and more signs parked on public land, such as one right by the crosswalk of an elementary school (NDP going for the kid vote!). Ryan has more signs the further you get away from the university area.
Voters are going to start concentrating on which local candidate to vote for during Easter, then they will tune out to watch hockey and the royal wedding.