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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Home for a Rest

I was observing the other day that things seemed rather quiet on the campaign trail here in town as the Federal leaders deal with the shifting ground, being cornered by protesters and being on either the good side or bad side of Danny Williams. This chill atmosphere is completely intentional as I learned reading the Guelph Mercury yesterday.

All the major campaigns were interviewed, and representatives from the Liberal, NDP and Green camps said that they were reducing hours and giving volunteers and staffers some time off to recoup. There was some excitement in the Nagy office however, as the faithful gathered their wagons around Elizabeth May in her struggle to be included in the leader's debate. Kovach campaign manager John White, meanwhile, noted that things were picking up now that the full-on national campaign was afoot.

The article went on to talk about how Guelph can expect fewer visits from high-profile guests, which, admittedly, we've all gotten used to. With a general election all those cabinet ministers and high-profile party members have their own fights to fight. The closet we've come to a special guest appearance is Stephen Harper's tax credit announcement for first time home owners in Kitchener today, which will be followed up by a St├ęphane Dion stopover tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail wrote an interesting piece about that dragged out feeling in Guelph, the fact that we went right into a general election on the last day of campaigning for the by-election. One volunteer said it was like a bad horror movie with all the faded or vandalized signs. But the best quote, as usual, goes to Tom King who said, and I quote, "I'm a bit grumpy."

Understatement of the year, or symbolic of this whole darn mess? You be the judge.

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