COMMENT: Legions of potential local voters yet to be swayed
Based on the most recent polls, NDP candidate Ken Kuzminski represents the best shot Jasper has ever had of putting one of its residents in federal parliament.
OK, the orange wave isn’t exactly cresting across the riding (latest projections have the Conservative Party walking away with 67 per cent of the vote compared to the NDP’s 20), but considering the three-way race across the country (which includes the Liberals), and taking into account the recent defeat of Alberta’s Tory dynasty, some* are suggesting 2015 could be the year for the NDP in Yellowhead.
So…does Kuzminski ever think about that? Hmm?
“No,” he said (he didn’t elaborate. So much for my probing question).
Kuzminski, whose nomination was among the last in the country to be ratified, had on September 13 yet to put a sign up, pass out a button or post any sort of campaign literature on social media. My question to Ken is: what’re you waiting for? There are legions (no pun intended) of folks waiting to like, retweet, favourite and share your campaign posts, if only you’d put down your tape measure and make a little splash on Facebook. Heck, your nickname is Ken D P! You have a burger named after you! That stuff sells itself!
To be fair, Kuzminski’s been sick with the flu, and before that he was hospitalized with a collapsed lung, and before that he was laid up after a botched surgery on his foot. Not exactly the type of conditions that make someone want to “put themself out there.”
But still, it’d be nice to see a sense of urgency—if only to remind the electorate that they’ve got a job to do come October 19. Kuzminski said his campaign will get rolling soon, (“there’s still 36 days left,” he said), but IMHO he’d better pick up the pace!
Last November’s by-election saw Jim Eglinski win the Yellowhead riding (handily) for the Conservative Party of Canada and now folks are getting to know the former RCMP officer as a nice guy with a handshake that can crush a potato (uncooked). In a riding with our history, that’s kind of all you need if you’re a Tory.
In that by-election, Eglinski’s closest competition was Hinton teacher and town councillor, Liberal Ryan Maguhn. Maguhn will once again be gunning for votes this time around and you know what, Ken? He’s a pretty nice guy. Not sure if he can frame a house or book Del Barber but Maguhn’s a go-getter, boy-scout type. He’s not afraid of rapping on doors until his knuckles bleed and I watched the dude woo some folks from Orange to Red, just so ya know. It was minus a million out and he just kept on going, being earnest and likeable and seemingly enjoying himself. Weird, I know!
Ken, this is not an endorsement for you (sorry) or any of the other four candidates running in Yellowhead this time around (there’s a Green and a Libertarian, too, in case you care). This is simply a request, from the local newspaperman to the local candidate, to please stop renovating your client’s homes for a month, and start building your home base.
*Me. Just me.