My #elxn43 – Days 32 to 28

I took a little bit of a breather from campaign life and headed back to Ottawa for four days.  If I have any illusions of being able to leave the campaign office behind they were shattered quickly. I knew it would be the case, so reality is that the illusion was only a passing thought.  I spent a fair bit of time on the phone and on email, campaigns don’t stop for anyone. I am extremely lucky that Liz was patient with me and gave me the time I needed when were didn’t go shopping or out for a walk.

I finished reading John Ivvision’s Trudeau.  It brought no surprises to me, but provided background of JT that wasn’t widely known but did reinforce the reasons why people need to reconsider their vote for Justin Trudeau.  It also reinforced the idea that there are two JT’s and that the private JT is nothing like the political one, especially if you cross him politically. Trudeau booksI know there is a second book on Justin that was published this fall, Promise and Peril; that could be something to read after the election.  But I have also started to read The Kings War, sequel to The Kings Speech, I can’t tell you enough how much I love reading history, history that has an impact on our recent history, the last 75 to 100 years.  From the early pages, The Kings War  will be a good quick read.

Part of my motivation to come home for the weekend (besides to see Liz) was to help celebrate the retirement of a friend.  It was good party and I was happy that I was able to make it.  I lost the “How much do you know Jim” trivia contest but I gave him some advice for his retirement, to visit the only province he has yet to travel to, “The home province of Canada’s next Prime Minister, Saskatchewan”.

Have many of you decided to vote early? You have two options, there is advance poll weekend October 11thto 14th and you can vote by special ballot at your local Returning Office from now until the end Tuesday October 15th. Liz and voted last  weekend as we will not be in Ottawa for election day or the advance polls, in fact I don’t expect to return to Ottawa until the weekend that follows election day.  It was fast and and easy to do.  I know that my vote might the last to be counted and while it will eventually be counted it will only be opened in a rush on election if the count is close and if a recount is required.  To find your riding returning office click here Elections

One last thing, we rode the Ottawa #LRT!  I took the train from the VIA station home when I arrived Thursday.  I don’t know if its called the LRT or the O Train, but it was kinda exciting to ride the rails in Ottawa. We decided to take the extended family on a ride on the train just to give the kids a thrill.  The kids decided where we would sit, unfortunately for one young person it was near them.  I didn’t blame them for moving, I think she moved to a differnet car altogether.

Monday came and it was back to the campaign, I travelled my own version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles (buses) – without the ‘pillows’ and made it back in plenty of time for the official campaign launch (watch the CTV Barrie video of the event

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