Ontario election 2014: Complacency the enemy in traditional ridings
Call them the “non-battlegrounds” if you want. Just be ready for some candidates to scold you for it.
While some races are being watched for the potential the riding will change hands, the history of parties and candidates in others means they could be chalked up as sure things.
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Ottawa-Vanier Liberal candidate Madeleine Meilleur, whose party has won 12 straight elections there, said fighting apathy in her large number of voters is a challenge.
“(People may say) ‘oh you can stay home and still get elected?’ I don’t think so,” she said Friday.
“People can vote for you and people can vote against you and I don’t want people to vote against me.”
Meilleur said she tries to stave off campaign and voter apathy by trying to increase the percentage of her popular vote every campaign.
Renfrew-Nipissing Pembroke PC candidate John Yakabuski, who won by 21,363 votes in 2011, said he has to take the lead when it comes to keeping his staff and volunteers focused.
“If they see me not working hard, they’re not going to work very hard either,” he said earlier this week.
“I can’t afford to let people get complacent so I’m out there every day. I campaign the same in this election as I did in 2003 when