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One Week Left

April 2011
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The clock is ticking and there is still much to do.

The local campaign is winding down and all that is left is the main candidates’ debate. This, sponsored by the CBC, will be held Wednesday evening at 7 pm. While the other candidates’ forums were aimed at specific interests (i.e., post secondary education, youth, arts issues), this one is general and relates to the entire territory. A lot of us are really hoping that some differentiation between the candidates appears.  I’ll be liveblogging the forum, and there will be other coverage as well.

Before that, at 6 pm, there will be a vote mob and lip-dub at the Canada Games Centre. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes and determining just how good several organizations are at getting out the youth vote.

One thing we have learned this election: we do have some idea of the importance of the north, though. Only one riding was visited by the leaders. The NWT saw Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton within a week. We, on the other hand, don’t seem to be on the dance card…



  1. @dougrutherford #PMHarper may have visited #YZF #NWT but only approved voters & #CPC members got to see him

  2. See what happend when Harper visited Yellowknife here

  3. One person suggested we won’t see the leaders since our riding is a “fait accompli.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, myself. We do feel a little left out, although Stephen Harper was here last summer and it was an “invited guests” only crowd as well.

    I think Kady O’Malley put it best on Twitter a few weeks ago when she figured that he probably doesn’t know he’s the only leader that does this.

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