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Federal election 2015: Montreal volunteers chat about door-knocking

It's week two of an 11-week campaign and for many candidates, volunteers are the oil that keeps the election campaign running.

Q&A: Volunteers say civic duty is main reason they get involved

Liberal Christina Lazarova, NDPer Zach Rodgers and Conservative Alex Meterissian are all volunteers during this federal election campaign. (Tara Brockwell/CBC)

It's week two of an 11-week campaign and for many candidates, volunteers are the oil that keeps the election campaign running.

CBC Montreal's Daybreak spoke with volunteers from the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party.

Why did you get involved as a campaign volunteer?

Alex Meterissian, Conservatives: "It's easy to be a cynic, to just be at home and yell at the politicians on television or what not. It's another thing to get involved and hopefully try to shape policy."

Christina Lazarova, Liberals: "For me, it was at first, out of curiosity and also because I did want things to change. I wanted my Member of Parliament to change and the government to change as well so I figured this would be a very tangible way of contributing to that."

Zach Rodgers, NDP: "I read this fantastic piece about how most civic education use to come from people who were involved at the local level in politics, then disseminat[ed] that to their social circle. I feel like we need more of that."

What are you hearing from people in the ridings?

Meterissian: "Even people who say 'you know what Alex? I'm not going to vote for you guys, I don't like Stephen Harper,' — the amount of respect that they show us."

Lazarova: "We don't get many people closing the door on us or being very rude. Most people are pretty respectful. They see that we're working towards something we believe in."

Rodgers: "You meet fantastic people and it's a great learning experience. It's great to participate in democracy."

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