Candidates vying to win the federal riding of Victoria in Monday night's byelection were out in force this weekend, all aiming to do the same thing: get out the vote.
The byelection to replace NDP MP Denise Savoie, who retired in late August, was called Oct. 21. That's given the campaigns - representing Donald Galloway, Green party; Dale Gann, Conservative party; Art Lowe, Libertarian party; Philip Ney, Christian Heritage party; Murray Rankin, NDP; and Paul Summerville, Liberal party - just over a month to identify supporters or convert "the persuadables."
Bacon and pancakes were on the griddle at the Liberals' Pandora Street office on Saturday.
Breakfast welcomed a busload of volunteers from the Lower Mainland and Liberal House leader and former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau, who was doorknocking and main-streeting with candidate Summerville.
The reason to return to the Liberals - Liberal MP David Anderson held the region for 13 years until 2006 - is one of values, Garneau said.
The NDP office across the road on Cook Street was full of volunteers working phones - something they've been doing since Oct. 22.
With a well-oiled machine that saw Savoie elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and provincial NDP forces ready for a fight of their own on May 14, the campaign has a lot of resources to draw on, said NDP campaign manager Robin Steudel.
"This is one of the strongest campaigns we've ever run," Steudel said.
Over at the Green party's busy Yates Street office, leader Elizabeth May and Galloway were arriving back from a couple of hours waving to drivers and passersby at Oak Bay and Foul Bay roads.
"There's a nice happy buzz on the streets," May said. "Some people pulled over to say they are voting Green."
The campaign printed 37,000 door hangers with polling station information to ensure voters gets to the right place.
Things seemed quiet at the Conservative campaign office on Yates Street, with about 10 volunteers and workers on site. That's partly because the party sinks money into a call centre to help contact supporters.
Campaign manager Ken Charko said he wants his volunteers focused and working in the final days of the campaign.
On election night, volunteers will work from satellite offices being set up around town.
"I don't need to show now, I need do now," Charko said. Big names visited at the beginning of the campaign. Since then, Gann has worked tirelessly, he said.
"He's been everywhere and talked to everyone."
On Monday, the campaigns will turn their energy to directing, driving, and coaxing supporters to the polls.
In 2011, Victoria voter turnout was 69 per cent, higher than the national average of 61. A turnout of about 40 per cent is expected Monday.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Results are expected by about 8: 30 p.m.
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