I was on CBC TV last night for a few seconds. My words were also played on a few radio spots. I said that I'd attended every event in the campaign and Erin Peters hadn't, so people were obviously voting for the party, not the candidate they didn't know. One person said that I sounded frustrated. This is absolutely not the case. I was stating facts, but with absolutely no rancour.
The broadcast bits were a small snippet out of a long conversation where I repeatedly and explicitly stated that I had nothing negative to say about the results or Erin. I heard a fair bit of negativity during the campaign from voters, blaming her for not showing up. I always corrected them. That's not what Erin signed up to do. The NDP riding association couldn't find a candidate so Erin agreed to allow her name to be used as an out-of-riding paper candidate. That was the deal and I absolutely respect her for that. The final numbers reflect the will of the voters and they voted nationally. Read more »