Castor residents tired negative campaigning in Federal election.
By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
The residents of Castor headed to the polls for the third time in 2019 for the 43rd Canadian general election.
Previously, the residents of the community of just under 1,000 people voted in a by-election for a vacant seat on council on April 9th, 2019, then again, a week later on April 16th for the provincial election.
The federal election on Oct. 21st, which saw an eroded Liberal party re-elected into a minority government capped off 40 days of campaigning across the country.
There was a sense of relief amongst Castor voters with the conclusion of the campaign, due to the near constant bombardment of attack ads put forth by all parties.
“There was too much negative campaigning,” said area resident Gordon Grant.
“None of the parties tell me why I should vote for [them].”
The sentiment was shared by others, with one resident commenting that, “It’s hard to know who to vote for when they are all yelling at each other.”
The opinion was shared by others, including Castor council member Brenda Wismer.
“It was more picking at each other than telling us what they are going to do,” said Wismer.
“I’m glad it’s over.”
Despite losing the popular vote to Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party of Canada, with 157 seats elected, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party will have the opportunity to form the next government, however, without the majority that he had coming out of the 2015 election he will be forced to ally himself with other parties in order to get legislation passed.