With Month to Go Before Election, Campaign Just Getting Started says Prof
Prince George, B.C. – With just a month to go before voters head to the polls, the federal election campaign is actually just getting started.
That according to UNBC Political Science Professor Dr. Gary Wilson.
“This is sort of like the beginning of a normal election campaign,” he says. “You’re starting now to see the parties put a little more meat on their platforms so they’re starting to come out with clearer platforms on economic policy and policies they’d like to introduce if they form the government.”
He adds this is also the time most voters begin paying attention to what the parties are campaigning on.
“So you’re starting to see the details now which is good because the devils always in the details, right?,” says Wilson. “You can start to see what the cost of these programs are, what the projected costs will be and what the intentions of these new policies would be as well.”
So what can we expect to see from the parties from now until election day?
“I think locally what we can expect to see is kind of the ramping up of the election campaign,” he says. “It’s been pretty quiet so far, we’re starting to see more (election) signs going up and more activities like debates and forums happening.”
He also thinks both the Cariboo-Prince George and Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies remain the Conservatives to lose.
“If you can mobilize the aboriginal and younger voters, these constituencies that are not traditional, then the possibility of change is in the air,” says Wilson. “But (the ridings) are still solidly Conservative. I’d be surprised if they didn’t go to the Conservatives but we may see the gap decreasing between the candidates.”