Life on the campaign trail is a tough commitment, even for an incumbent, father of three with a full time day job. After a long day at work it’s a race to get ready to knock on doors, several hundred, if not 1000 doors, to be sure.
My aim is to knock on each and every door in District 6 during the campaign, an effort that takes dozens of hours, and more than a six week election period. Hence, I began visiting constituents at their homes in August and I continue this every possible evening I can. It has, thus far, been very rewarding and most encouraging to shake hands with residents and to hear their concerns and comments. It’s interesting to see the slow demographic change in the neighbourhood I grew up in and in the city where I have lived my entire life.
Homeowners are getting younger for sure. More young families are moving in to District 6, and across Cote Saint-Luc. Many have told me they are very pleased with the new Aquatic and Community Centre, with traffic calming measures and with the overall state of affairs in our city.
I am hearing a general consensus that our Mayor Anthony Housefather is doing an outstanding job. It is also becoming clear to me that our residents are pleased that our council works very well together, is achieving great things for the city and that we have a high degree of transparency and integrity which is very reassuring to our taxpayers.
Joseph Argento summed up a successful evening of visiting residents by saying he was one happy Cote Saint-Lucer. No complaints. While I always encourage feedback, good or bad, it is reassuring to meet up with so many like Joe who are so pleased to live in such a wonderful community. I jogged my memory and recalled having a similar conversation with him four years earlier (and found the photo we snapped with his older daughter then too. Luckily neither of us guys looks much older!).
It was a pleasure to meet with other new residents on Greenwood and see what a beautiful job they’ve done in fixing up the exterior of their 50 year old homes. I met the Rosens on Spring Ave who have been living there for 48 years who couldn’t think of a single complaint about their beloved city. And while Moishe and Randy aren’t thrilled with schlepping their green, brown and blue bins out and back three days a week they are thrilled to live in a city where the employees really care about providing excellent services.
After door to door there was just enough time to race home for a 10 minute dinner, kiss my kids good night before bed and run back out to the Open House of Wallenberg Academy, Cote Saint-Luc’s much anticipated English language public high school. Again here, your city council, and especially your mayor, were very vocal about making this school a reality.
The auditorium was packed with interested parents and many of their kids who hope to attend the academy.
Another exciting day on the campaign trail. And looking forward to see what tomorrow brings…