Our View: The long, long road to the polls

This will be one for the history books, one way or another.

This will be one for the history books, one way or another.

It begins with parts of the country baking under mid-summer heat, and by the time we actually go to the polling stations on Oct. 19, it will have snowed in Winnipeg. Probably two or three times.

This will be the longest election in modern Canadian history, and one of the first in which there are three major parties, each with at least a decent chance of winning and forming a government.

The media, whether printed on paper or delivered via smartphone, will be full of the usual stories over the next 11 weeks. We’ll have the candidates who pop up and say stupid things to embarrass their own party. There will be gaffes and blunders, and endless debate over whether this or that gaffe will actually matter to the voters. There will definitely be black-and-white attack ads showing opposing politicians looking sinister, as if they might kick puppies on breaks from campaigning. There will be polls, polls by the truckload, for those who are entranced by every 0.3 per cent change in a party’s chances.

Here in the Langleys, we will have a few things that are new, besides the length of the campaign.

Langley now has two ridings for the first time in nearly a decade – Cloverdale-Langley City and Langley-Aldergrove, and we’re sharing our future politicians with Surrey and Abbotsford.

We’ve got what looks like a serious slate of candidates from all the major parties nominated across both ridings. Some of them have run for office before, but for most of them, this will be their first time trying to win over the voters.

Every election, we suggest to the voters that they do their best to stay informed, and we’ll do our best to give them the information they need to do that. We’ll all have plenty of time to do so this round.

An 11-week election campaign may be too long. But at the end of it, as we pass by the faded lawn signs, we’ll have no excuse for not having enough information to make an informed decision.

– M.C.



Just Posted

VIDEO: Mark Warawa undergoes cancer surgery

Doctors told Langley-Aldergrove M.P. the goal is ‘holding it at bay’

Update: Langley cupcakes against cancer fundraiser a sellout

Supporters rally behind Christine Tulloch, a crusader against cancer, who has suffered a relapse

Police campaign swoops in on speeders on Fraser Highway in Aldergrove

The roads are getting too ‘busy’ for just one lane, says RCMP volunteer.

PHOTOS: Aldergrove’s aquatic areas partially reopen

Discounted prices in effect until leisure pool construction finished

WATCH: Aldergrove single mother given ‘brand new’ start

Hardworking mother and volunteer is the one helped – for a change

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Four rescued from Golden Ears mountain

Hikers from Surrey started out for Evans Peak at 6 p.m.

Most Read