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You didn’t lose – you won!

In 2015 there were 1,792 candidates, only 338 went to Ottawa. There are no official numbers for the federal election in 2019, but we can assume there are more in the last election because there were 4 parties that ran a full slate of 338 candidates last fall.   I can safely say that over 2000 people ran for a party or independently last election.

Based on my estimate, there are now 1,662 Candidates of Record (CoR), each of them will keep that title until the next election. Most of the CoR come from registered parties and for these people, congratulations, you are now a Candidate of Record. With that title comes responsibility.

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This week CBC Toronto posted a tweet in response to former GTA Conservative candidate Bobby Singh jumping into the Conservative Leadership race.  In the tweet the CBC called Singh a failed Conservative candidate. I ran twice, unsuccessfully in the 2011 and 2014 provincial elections, the elections were amazing experiences.  In the eyes of @CBCToronto I am a two-time failure.  Do I feel like that?  No, far from it!

In the 8 years between the 2011 and 2018 election where I was the CoR I attended party conferences, worked locally and continued to have great conversations with not only the winning MPP, but other candidates and voters in the riding.

As the CoR it’s important that you maintain ‘election’ mode as you finish up your responsibility as the candidate.  That includes financials of the campaign; making sure all invoices are paid and that your CFO completes and the files of your campaign return to Elections Canada.  It’s important that you follow up and watch this closely to protect your reputation as a candidate and that of the riding association.  The more you and your team do, the less the party has to get involved.

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British PM Boris Johnson with his local riding opponents in the recent UK Election, all of which are now Candidates of Record

As CoR there are a few responsibilities you have, especially if you plan to seek the nomination and run in the next election.  As the CoR the local riding association will need your help to keep the association active.  This includes fundraising, being active on the association Board of Directors.  If you want to ensure you have a better shot at being the candidate the next time around, you should bring some of your campaign team onto the Board.  Having friends there will be helpful to continue the work you were doing as the candidate.

The next election may come sooner rather than later; it would be a benefit for you to keep your campaign team engaged between elections.   Staying involved locally also helps as you will need signatures for your nomination, keeping supporters engaged is a plus for the association, the party and YOU.  Showing that you have continued to build your support in the riding will be noticed by the party regional organizers (RO).

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Finally, as in the situation of the Conservative Party of Canada, you will be asked for your opinion about a leadership race, the declared and presumed candidates that has come from election results. The CoR may also be asked for their thoughts to the local media.  If you are asked, you might want to notify the RO.  There will come a time in the leadership race that you’ll be courted and asked to support and publicly endorse a candidate.

If you consider all that you gain as the candidate NOT going to Ottawa, it will still be an honour to represent your local supporters and to continue to work for the party causes.  It may not be the win you were fighting for, but I can say, as a two-time CoR, it’s still enjoyable and beneficial and will continue to fulfill your desire for public service.

I have kept friendships many of the people I met through my two campaigns, it’s my hope for you that you will also have joy of knowing so many people through the amazing experience you just finished,

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Book Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Are you sleepingAfter reading several non-fiction books, I was more than ready for a good work of fiction. My selection from Simon and Schuster, Are you sleeping by Kathleen Barber had arrived a couple weeks earlier and was sitting atop of my must-reads

Are you sleeping is the story of Jo Borden, who has successfully kept a secret from her circle of friends including her boyfriend. Successfully that is until an Internet blogger starts to investigate her past, more specifically the death of her father who was shot years before by the son of the neighbour. Claims are made that the young man convicted 12 years previously was incorrectly jailed for a crime he did not commit. It is an explosive accusation that attracts attention through social media and chat rooms until the mainstream media picks up on story.

While the mystery of the murder of Jo’s father is creating waves, Jo makes waves herself with the unravelling of her made up life story for the past 10 years. The unravelling includes a name change, a family that had not been talked about and the death of a mother, a death that is complicated by a lie of a death that took place a decade earlier.

Jo, really Josie Buhrman, is confronted with her reality, a reality that contradicts her new comfortable life in New York. Back into her life is a twin sister, Lanie, a former boyfriend and her now dead, for real, mother Erin Buhrman. Add the family history of neighbours, students and the intrusion of Poppy Parnell and podcasts that bring the murder of Chuck Buhrman and the drama surrounding the Buhrman family in that tragic time more than a decade ago is back in the local spotlight.

Are you sleeping, Barber’s debut suspense novel, published August 2017, has combined different mediums in the story to tell the tale of the Buhrman’s, the murder of Josie and Lanie’s father and the sudden death of their mother Erin Buhrman. Barber’s use of social media, and a transcripted podcast in the novel allows the reader to learn the background of the Buhrman family without the family drama getting in the way – until that drama is needed to bring a resolution about a mothers disappearance and a father’s death.

Are you sleeping grabbed me from the start, and held onto me until the near end when truths are discovered and by that point there was no turning back. In the end, Barber smartly allows Poppy Parnell to provide the epilogue to Are you sleeping.

Are you sleeping is a smartly written suspense with well-composed twists in the plot. For suspense lovers this is a must read! For others I offer a strong recommendation to pick up this novel from Kathleen Barber, not only for you but your book loving family and friends.

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Back to School

Blogging University

I started #RedHeartBlueSign almost four years ago following the 2011 Provincial election. The idea of the blog was to discuss provincial and local political issues, and for the most part I have stuck to that plan. After almost 4 years it’s time to refocus #RedHeartBlueSign and add content that is not only of political interest to me, but also other interests.

At this time it’s time to bring in new topics: The Media, Social Media, Music, Environment, and Community along WITH politics. To do that I’ve embarked on Blogging 101 through WordPress, 20 Blog Posts in 20 Days. It is an exercise that will bring #RedHeartBlueSign to a regular schedule for posting to the blog. As I embark this month on 20 in 20 please feel free to comment on what I have posted and suggest other topics that you would like to challenge me with.

As my blog now evolves the first change will be hashtag the name to #RedHeartBlueSign, it is in keeping with my keen interest in Social Media, Branding and remaining creative. After 72 original posts, this 73rd post is the first in this journey; join me for the next 20 days. To those also taking part in Blogging 101, I look forward to seeing you in the WordPress Commons.