By JEREMY APPEL on September 18, 2019.
Conservative incumbent Glen Motz’s campaign is in full swing after kicking off last week.
In addition to signs popping up all over the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner riding, the candidate has been knocking on doors to meet potential voters face to face.
“I tell my campaign team the same thing every day – that we work like we are in last place and that we’ll continue to work like we’re in last place until the polls close on election day,” said Motz. “None of us deserve it, we earn it by the work we put in and the policies that we have that will make life better for Canadians.”
He says he’s been hearing “three prominent messages” while door knocking – dissatisfaction with Justin Trudeau’s tenure as prime minister, a lack of affordability, and the need for more jobs and a stronger economy.
“We all have a story,” said Motz. “We want to hear from people at the doors about what’s going on in their life, what’s important to them and get their feedback, because that’s what’s critical.”
In addition to the issues he’s heard at the doors, Motz says support for the energy sector, agriculture and trade are other key issues he will focus on.
This is his first general election campaign.
Motz was first elected in the 2016 byelection after the death of his predecessor Jim Hillyer, in which Motz received nearly 70 per cent of the vote.
Strategically, campaigning in a byelection and general election are similar in terms of how a candidate gets their message out and connects with constituents, says Motz.
“The difference is there’s 338 ridings that are doing the exact same thing at the exact same time, so the spotlight last time was on Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner and this time, thankfully, we are just one of 338. The resources from the party are shared around,” he said.
Motz will be going up against the NDP’s Elizabeth Thomson, Shannon Hawthorne of the Greens and the People’s Party’s Andrew Nelson on Oct. 21. The governing Liberal Party has yet to declare a candidate for the riding.
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