Final days of election campaign

Left to right: Mandeep Bhuller (Liberal)

With only four days before the election, the federal candidates are moving into the final stages of their respective campaigns.

“We’re all fired up,” said the Green Party’s Peter Tam about his volunteers. “This is the week where we’re really pushing.”

The group is putting out more signs and doing a “blitz” of public appearances, including attending an all candidates meeting in Mission Tuesday night, one in Whonnock April 27 and a rally in Pitt Meadows.

For Tam, this is his first time running for a seat at the federal level and said it’s quite different working in partisan politics.

“You have a large group of people working towards a common goal and there’s a real team effort.”

Incumbent Randy Kamp, campaigning under the Conservative Party banner, said he’s pleased with the effort put forward so far, noting he’s had the highest number of volunteers this year compared to his two previous runs for the MP seat.

Kamp said “we’re still doing the traditional things” in these waning days of the election campaign, including door knocking, dropping off literature, talking to business owners in the communities, and manning a booth at this weekend’s Maple Ridge Home Show.

The NDP’s Craig Speirs noted he has received a “great reception from one end of the riding to the other,” since the writ was dropped.

Throughout the days of door knocking and phone calls, water has continued to be an issue for voters, and he’s strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout the process.

“Canada is a positive place,” and some of the other parties’ negative advertising is deterring some people from voting, he charged.

“I think we need to do better,” said Speirs.

Liberal Party candidate Mandeep Bhuller noted similar experiences to his running mates.

“It’s been extremely energizing,” he said Tuesday. “It’s been quite exciting to have this many invitations” to share the Liberal political views.

Bhuller also has a last few days of campaigning chock-full of appearances, all candidates forums and assorted get togethers.

“We’ve been sharing what we feel is the people’s platform, but I’m not speaking from a script,” he shared.

The electorate heads to the polls May 2.

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