Riding across ridings

Posted April 29, 2011 in Canada, Cross-Canada 2011

As a journalist I ought to be covering the juiciest election stories, but I'm blissfully cycling past them.

Somebody helpfully sprayed arrows to advance polling stations on busy Vancouver sidewalks.

The number and size of campaign signs indicate how likely a candidate is to win, for two reasons. First, they're advertisements: ads work, and more ads work more. Second, signs cost money: candidates usually refrain from spending unless they think they've got a shot at the prize.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is ably contending with Conservative member Gary Lunn in signage—at least on the bike path between Sidney and Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Hill's ancestors didn't leave him a cyclist-friendly name.

Some ridings are three-way races. I've seen hills upon which dozens of orange, red, blue and green signs huddle together. I'm thrilled: choices are what democracy is all about.

There are good reasons for choosing each potential leader. On May 2, please pick one. Vote.