Check out this great blog written by Keith Gerein of the Edmonton Journal about Dr. Raj Sherman’s first day of doorknocking in Edmonton Meadowlark.
As an emergency room doctor, Raj Sherman says he is used to talking to people about difficult subjects.
In comparison, the Liberal leader says its easy to ring a doorbell and ask residents to support him in the provincial election.
“If you don’t ask, you won’t get,” he said Monday afternoon, while running from house to house in his riding of Edmonton-Meadowlark. “This is actually the part of the campaign I love.”
Sherman was elected in the west-end constituency in 2008 as a Progressive Conservative, so it’s unclear whether voters will support his move to the Liberals. His travel schedule as party leader also means he’ll have less time to campaign at home.
But based on the first few blocks he hit in Lewis Estates, Sherman is still enjoying plenty of support. The only trouble he had was getting lawn signs into the frozen ground, eventually opting to stick them in melting snowbanks.
“That was perfect. Susan there voted for me last time as a PC and she’s coming with me again,” he said, after visiting one house.
Much of the riding is full of young working families and immigrant families, Sherman said. Many of the people he talked to Monday said health and education were their top priorities.
“Under our plan, tuition will be free by the time your kids are in university,” he told one young mother.
At another house, a college student also told Sherman he’ll vote Liberal.
“But he wouldn’t take a lawn sign,” Sherman said. “He said his roommates all vote Conservative.”
Assisting Sherman during the door-knocking session were three Liberal candidates who were not campaigning in their own ridings. They were Jon Mastel in Cypress-Medicine Hat, Keegan Wynychuk in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood, and Ed Ramsden in Edmonton-Strathcona. Those three ridings are not expected to go Liberal.
Sherman described Monday’s session as a bit of training exercise to teach the others how to door-knock.