Winnipeg Centre heats up as campaign winds down
Tight race may come down to who can pull their vote
The coffee parties and all-candidate forums are nearly done. The lawn signs that have survived the wind and the vandals still cling on lawns and fences. What's left for the candidates to get your vote?
"My campaign manager says there is only one thing the candidate can do and that's ... knockin' on doors," says Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate Pat Martin.
CBC News caught up with Martin just off McPhillips Street while he hit the doors with the gusto of an old campaigner.
Liberal competitor Robert-Falcon Ouellette might not agree with Martin on many policy issues, but they are in lock-step agreement on the last few days of campaigning. A personal touch over the phone or at the door is what is needed.
"The more people who have contact with a candidate or a volunteer, the more likely they are to actually go out and vote," Ouellette says.
Green Party candidate Don Woodstock also went to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce event.
His plan for the next few days includes a second brochure drop in the riding, specifically targeting voters his team thinks didn't get the Green message in the first go-around earlier in the campaign.
The campaign has featured some spirited debates and sharp words among candidates.
Ouellette, who gained a lot of name recognition by running for mayor in Winnipeg's last civic election, is pushing hard in what has been an NDP stronghold.
The national Liberal campaign may sense a chance to steal a seat. They've offered Ouellete some extra volunteers and some cash in the last few days of the campaign.
Ouellette says the resources will be used to get the voters he's convinced to support the Liberal ticket out to the polls. The time for convincing people he's the right choice is nearly past.
Meanwhile, if there is one thing Pat Martin is confident of, it's getting out his vote.
"Nobody does E-day better than the NDP. We put an army in the field on election day to pull the vote. I doubt the other parties can match the sheer numbers," Martin says.
Conservative candidate Allie Szarkiewicz has been hit with the flu the last few days, but her team is confident she'll be back on the streets shortly.
A note from her campaign manager says they are hearing "a call in the riding for change" and getting plenty of support for the Conservative platform.