One Cowichan may soon be knocking at your door.
The citizen’s group wants to make sure residents of the region get out and vote in the federal election this coming Oct. 19.
“We did an election survey of supporters and found an overwhelming desire for change in Ottawa,” said One Cowichan spokesman Matt Price. “Now it’s up to all of us to say what kind of positive change we want, and then to get to the polls to vote for it.”
Price said group members are finding on the doorstep that there’s a whole range of issues that people are concerned about: from pipelines to jobs to Bill 51 and more.
“People are, I think on balance, in the mood for change,” he said. “We’re not endorsing anyone but we’re just encouraging those people to get out to the polls. We’re trying to encourage people to go out and look for the change they want to see.”
Price noted the race could be quite tight this time around because the riding’s boundaries have been redefined. The Nanaimo-Cowichan riding will cease to exist, dropping Ladysmith and north, to make way for the addition of Langford in the new Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding.
Every vote counts.
“Many people have told us that this is one of the most critical election campaigns they can remember,” Price said. “The outcome is too important to be left to the political parties alone — now is the time for citizens to fully engage in our democracy to get the change in Ottawa we need.”
One Cowichan will also be active on its social media channels, collecting and showing videos of local citizens saying what kind of change they are voting for. The organization is registering with Elections Canada as a third party election advertising sponsor.
Visit onecowichan.ca to learn more about One Cowichan.