With eight days left in Morinville’s municipal by-election campaign we are left wondering if there will be a knock on our doors from any of the six candidates. Beyond one All-Candidates Forum at this month’s Chamber luncheon, various ads in local media, and The Morinville News’ weekly question to candidates segment, there appears to be no real effort to get out amongst the people to earn the vote for the seat left vacant by Councillor Ben Van De Walle in mid-July.
Even signage is limited on Morinville’s streets and front lawns. Thus far we have seen only signs from candidates O’Brien, Luker-Chevalier and Fingler, and Fingler’s giant billboards at all entrances and exits to town would be hard to miss.
We understand that cost may be a factor in creating signs, brochures and other handouts, but it costs nothing to knock on a door or two other than the candidate’s time, and if they have not got time to knock on doors now, how do they expect to have time to fulfill their duties as councillor. As has been stated prior to the campaign, the role of councillor today is a full time job for part time pay. It is one that requires far more time than a bi-weekly meeting in the evening.
Perhaps candidates are pounding the pavement, but from the folks we have talked to thus far there appears to be little movement in the doorways of Morinvillians.