So apparently Michael Ignatieff is on some kind of summer tour. Since there are not a lot of Liberals in Saskatchewan, I figured he would head to the home riding of Ralph Goodale but no, he came to Saskatoon today. I had hoped to take Mark along and give him a taste of national politics but when I looked at the interactive Liberal map, it gave no clue of where the events were other than it was a barbecue.
I checked out SaskLiberal.ca but there was nothing there either.
Even newly nominated star Liberal candidate Darren Hill doesn’t have the information on his Facebook page.
I have tried to sign up for Liberal Party e-mail updates before from the Sask Liberals but they are so inconsistent that I don’t know if I have been dropped from them or not. All I know is that I wanted to hear Michael Ignatieff speak, I wanted to bring my ten year old son out to hear him speak (who is the same age I was when I started to help out on campaigns) and I was thwarted by Team Ignatieff.
I am left with one of four options.
- The turnout for Ignatieff was so great in Saskatoon that they were afraid that if Mark and I were there, it would cause the already saturated Saskatoon soil to turn to quicksand.
- Things are going so well for the Liberals in Saskatoon that they don’t need anymore support of voters.
- The advance people and organizers in Saskatoon are simply going through the motions.
- Going to a city with no visible signs of Liberal grassroots support, rather than visiting Ralph Goodale’s riding was a big mistake. Of course with how this tour is going, perhaps the Goodale team was content to watch this from afar.
During the last federal campaign, the campaign was three weeks old before the Liberal Party website had the name of my local Liberal candidate. The same thing happened tour wise with Stephane Dion. Several times he came to Saskatoon and I only heard of it after he left. I should not have to work at finding out or have to beg to be told when a party leader is coming to Saskatoon for a public event. Considering this was a party that ran great candidates and won seats under Jean Chretien, I find myself at a loss at how poorly they are organized in the province right now. I have a feeling that if some more adults were in charge of things in Ottawa, this would not be happening. Even the Saskatchewan Liberal leader’s Twitter account (that is advertised everywhere on their site) doesn’t actually have any Saskatchewan politics on it. Somebody do something quick before environmentalists have to resort to finding Liberals somewhere else in the country and reintroduce them back into Saskatchewan after they have become extinct.