A few weeks ago I mentioned how hard it can be to campaign in the north. Well, how's this for hardcore - Conservative candidate David Aglukark was out campaigning at 8 a.m. yesterday at one of the major intersections in Iqaluit. That meant waving at traffic, handing out pamphlets and talking to people.
It was a balmy 25 degrees yesterday (remember, we no longer need to say "minus" here) and he was out in it for a couple of hours.
So yeah, I'm a bit impressed. Even bundled up and use to it, I'm not sure if I would want to stand up on a street corner in that cold for a couple of hours chatting with people and waving at cars.
We're finally starting to see some life in the federal campaign here. The first posters went up this past weekend in Iqaluit. I doubt we're going to see many posters for several reasons. First, the cost of travelling in Nunavut is such that it doesn't leave much money left over to go out and buy posters. Secondly, posters are even more expensive here because you either have to get them made here (expensive) or get them made down south and flown up here (also not cheap). You also have to have them in two languages.
Want some more? Between random blowing snow and the fact you only get about five hours of daylight, it's often hard to see the posters. I suspect they're more susceptible to vandalism here than down south.
So yeah, the big poster campaigns you normally see down south aren't going to happen here. There is a candidate meeting this evening which I wanted to get to, however my stomach is currently suggesting that's not a bright idea. Which means I'm going to have to figure out who to vote for some other way. I've ruled out the Marijuana Party (a little one note) and the Green Party (their stand on the seal hunt pisses me off). I've all but ruled out the Conservative Party candidate because his main plank seems to be to roll back the legislation allowing same sex marriage. I consider that a socially regressive way of looking at things, in violation of human rights and, if it were to happen, would make Canada a laughing stock in the international community.
So it looks like either the Liberals or the NDP. I'm not wildly enthused by what I've seen of either candidate, but maybe something will happen in the last two weeks that will wow me.
Currently playing on iPod
Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple