Manitoba

Candidates make final push for votes in Brandon East constituency

With Manitoba's provincial election just one day away, candidates vying for votes in Brandon East are showing no signs of slowing down.

All three plan to be out until Tuesday knocking on doors and meeting voters

With Manitoba's provincial election just one day away, candidates vying for votes in Brandon East are showing no signs of slowing down. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

With Manitoba's provincial election just one day away, candidates vying for votes in Brandon East are showing no signs of slowing down.

All three candidates say they'll be out knocking on doors and trying to secure any last minute votes right up until the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Brandon East is anticipated to be a riding to watch on election night, according to Kelly Saunders, an associate professor of political science at Brandon University. She said changes in the socioeconomic makeup of Brandon East could mean voters are less likely to align themselves with the NDP.

For first time provincial candidate Vanessa Hamilton, who is carrying the Liberal banner, it means going non-stop until the final bell.

"I'm not stopping until 8 p.m. on Tuesday," she said. "I'm going to be getting out and meeting people and getting out into the community."

Hamilton added that many people she has talked to in the constituency say they are wanting change after nearly 20 years of NDP governments in Manitoba. 

Progressive Conservative candidate Len Isleifson said he has also heard the same from voters in the constituency. He also doesn't plan on slowing down until the closing bell. 

"You know as much as I can, I'm in every day from eight in the morning to ...sometimes 11 o'clock at night,"  he said. "I don't see the 19th being any different." 

He said he and his campaign team have knocked on every door in Brandon East two or three times since the campaign started, through snow and cold temperatures and rain at the end of last week all in an effort to reach voters. 

Talk of change doesn't scare incumbent 

But talk of change isn't something that scares incumbent NDP MLA Drew Caldwell, who has represented Brandon East since 1999.

"My opponents are going to say whatever they want to say," he said. "I cant speak for them."

Caldwell planned to spend the weekend and up to election day knocking on doors. He said people have been friendly.

"The response at the doorstep in Brandon East has been pretty consistent with past campaigns," he said. 

In terms of strategy, Caldwell said he hasn't changed anything this time around from previous campaigns and the campaign in Brandon East has been relatively clean among the candidates. 

All three candidates said they don't have any regrets at how their respective campaign played out. 

Brandon East has been represented by an NDP MLA since it was created in 1969, more than 50 years ago. 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.