Saskatchewan Party candidate Colleen Young held the grand opening of her campaign office with an open house, rallying in a large number of supporters on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day.
The incumbent candidate was elected in the by-election of November 2014, saying it’s been a short 15 months in office, but is enjoying a second “kick at the cat” and is hoping to be reelected so she can serve a proper four year term. The scene was a sea of green with her party’s colour and also in light of the Irish celebration.
“This was the grand opening and open house; some of them (other candidates) had their’s within the first day, right after the writ was dropped, but I waited until this week and we used the green of St. Patrick’s Day as a bit of a celebration as well,” she said, then gestured toward the campaign signs that plastered the wall behind her.
“Green for the Sask. Party and green for St. Patrick’s Day—so it kind of went hand in hand.”
Young said the event was also a way to gather her supporters, getting them pumped up for a push through the final weeks of the campaign.
Volunteers are at the campaign office daily answering phones, making calls and picking up signs to plant in the yards of Sask. Party voters.
She’s also covered a fair bit of ground herself, pounding the pavement in Lloydminster, knocking on doors to listen to the concerns of constituents one on one.
But she still has a few more places to hit up before voting day.
“We generate a sign list out of our supporters that we’ve ID’d,” she said. “I have some rural areas I’d like to cover as well before the end of the campaign.”
She said one of the issues that comes up time and time again while visiting constituents is the economic downturn and how hard it’s hit Lloydminster and area.
It’s important for Young to make sure that that part of the economy is doing well, and though she said Saskatchewan has a diverse economy, oil and gas accounts for a large portion of that and the government has to make sure there are jobs for people in that sector.
It’s also important, according to Young, that people remember what the political landscape was like during the 16 years of previous NDP government and how the Sask. Party has turned Saskatchewan from a have-not to a have province.
As for her plans between now and election day:
“Door knocking, door knocking, and more door knocking. Meeting the people at the doors is the most important part of the election campaign.”