Shields readying for fall election By Kenyon Stronski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter We’re nearing the halfway point of this short 36 day snap election call with politics heating up all over Canada. Martin Shields, Conservative Member of Parliament for the Bow River constituency commented on how it’s hard to get out and meet all the communities within his riding in such a short period of time. “The election is five weeks, which is very short and the minimum length it can be. I don’t really feel the stress because we’ve been out in the communities during the summer and are year-round. Although in a large rural riding with 60 communities, it is very hard to get to all the communities in this very short period of time. So that’s the challenge. We’ve been in those communities prior to the election being called and during the year, so it’s not new to us to get around but to get it all done in five weeks is a challenge. The Conservative Party has been closing in on the Liberal Party, and Shields believes that it’s because people have finally begun to see and listen to Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole. “They are listening to him. His message is very clear and he’s providing a very good one. He doesn’t wander off into extremes and he’s very straight-forward with this platform and people are beginning to see there are a lot of good things in the platform and I think people have begun to realize how well he speaks when presenting it.” At this point, the Liberals don’t currently have a platform, while the Conservatives have a thorough platform that has been out since the election started. Shields commented on how many people didn’t believe the election was good timing, as Canada is suffering from droughts, forest fires, and still the ever-present and steadily re-igniting threat of COVID. “There has been a lot of people that I have met that don’t understand why an election was called at this time.” Having such a short election time makes it hard for voters to know the ins and outs of all the parties running. However, Shields hopes that even within this short time frame people can see the differences between the Conservative and Liberal parties and still make an educated choice. Shields has plans to visit all 60 communities within the Bow River riding and appeared at Cornfest this past weekend.
Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times