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Jun. 21st, 2016

04:28 pm - My photo has become "part of the movement"

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Last Saturday, I walked around west Kitchener, knocking on doors and asking people how they felt about their new-ish Liberal Government.  This was part of the kickoff for a national campaign in which Liberal Party operatives walk around neighbourhoods, entering people's responses into an app on their smartphones.

One result of this effort is a collection of tweets showing photographs of the groups of canvassers.  If you knew anything about local politics (which of course you don't), you could determine that one of these tweets came from the only Liberal candidate for Parliament in Waterloo Region last year who *didn't* win.  Clicking on the pic.twitter.com link within that tweet takes you to a photo.  I am the bearded guy with the poorly-parted hair.

It is clear that the Party puts a lot of effort into keeping track of who volunteers for these events and how much time they put in.  Presumably such hours count as "brownie points" within the Party.  What is less clear is the set of prizes for which these brownie points can be traded.  It is perhaps like a Chuck E Cheese restaurant where the prizes are hidden and unadvertised and the only way to trade in your tickets is to ask whether a certain prize might be available.


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Date:June 25th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
I am quite taken by the name "Bardish Chagger". It's surely destined to have a life of its own, as a wild mountain adventurer.

Hmm. Red shirt, strap across chest, something in your left paw? Doesn't look curmudgeonly enough. =:)
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Date:June 25th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh noes!  You've found my IRL identity!  The strap is a water-bottle carrier (it was 31°C that day).  The left-paw item is a ProScan, which Wifey bought used for $60 (it's barely worth that — very slow, nobody knows how to root it, etc) whose only redeeming feature is that it is indeed an Android and will run the MiniVAN program.

Bardish is a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal!  Her father supported Pierre Trudeau.  She started helping out with campaigns at the age of 13.  She started working for her predecessor Telegi at the age of thirteen.  She's beautiful and she plastered her entire riding with election signs with her face on them (but some people refuse to admit that this had any effect, because of course voters actually pay attention to issues).
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