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WIN! Peterborough chapter celebrates increased voter turnout this election

Roy Brady at Peterborough rally

The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter did incredible work over the past 78 days to get out the vote in their community.

The Peterborough Examiner reports, “The voter turnout for Monday’s federal election soared to 74.06% in Peterborough-Kawartha, the highest turnout in recent memory. Of 91,180 registered voters in the riding (not including voters who registered on Monday), 67,532 cast votes. That’s up from the voter turnouts in the Peterborough federal riding of 65.31% in 2011, 63.32% in 2008, 69.66% in 2006, 65.19% in 2004 and 60.77% in 2000.”

In the 2011 federal election, Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro (who served as the parliamentary secretary to the prime minister before being convicted in June 2015 on three counts of breaking the Elections Act) won 28,435 votes. In Monday’s election, the Conservative vote dropped to just 13,748 votes and the Conservative candidate replacing Del Mastro placed a distant second to the winner of the riding.

Peterborough Harperman singalong

During the federal election the Peterborough chapter:

  • protested at Trudeau campaign stop on key issues, Aug. 24

  • promoted ‘I Vote CBC’ campaign at Labour Day celebrations, Sept. 7

  • organized a Harperman sing-along, Sept. 17

  • protested a Harper campaign stop in their community, Sept. 21

  • co-sponsored an all-candidates debate on social issues, Sept. 29

  • co-sponsored an all-candidates meeting on climate change, Oct. 1

  • helped people from shelters get to Elections Canada office to register to vote, Oct. 6

  • joined the ‘Rock Out the Vote’ event, Oct. 9

  • hosted Truth and Reconciliation Walkers and highlighted the TRC recommendations as an election issue, Oct. 15

  • helped hold a Harperman sing-along at their farmers market, Oct. 17

  • set up a ‘CoC soapbox’ at #HeaveSteve event, Oct. 17

  • called on local candidates to emphasize health care in their campaigns

  • handed out voters guides at 12 retirement homes, 6 ‘social housing’ projects

  • met with Elections Canada returning officer to promote the vote

  • held a voters’ clinic at an annual festival

  • distributed Voters Guides at Trent University locations

  • highlighted that the secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership was unacceptable on the eve of a federal election

  • arranged bus to help students register to vote with Elections Canada

  • helped bus 30 low-income people to Elections Canada to register to vote

  • provided election night commentary on CHEX-TV, Oct. 19

  • monitored for voter suppression at various polls on election night, Oct. 19

  • helped get out the vote, Oct. 19

In her “The road ahead” blog about this past federal election, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow commented, “I am so very proud of the work the Council of Canadians undertook over the last year to boost voter turnout and bring change to Ottawa. The Council’s tireless team of volunteer chapter activists organized a total of 200 election activities across 39 communities, including door-to-door canvassing, all-candidates debates, and information tables at community events.”

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Further reading
Peterborough chapter stages sit in at MP Del Mastro’s office to protest Harper’s changes to Old Age Security (February 2012 blog)
MP Del Mastro closes office to prevent Peterborough chapter delivery of petition against Omnibus bill (June 2012 blog)
Peterborough chapter activist Roy Brady challenges MP Del Mastro’s support for Canada-FIPA ‘free trade’ deal (November 2012)
Peterborough chapter helps form Common Causes group to pressure MP Del Mastro (January 2013 blog)