How Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston federal election candidates are spending election day

After a short 5-week campaign, voters are casting the ballots for the next federal candidates today. Polling locations close at 9:30 p.m. today, and local candidates are keeping busy and staying in touch with their teams and voters throughout the day.

Your candidates in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston for the 2021 federal election (Top, L to R): Florian Bors (PPC), Michelle Foxton (Liberal), Steve Garrison (NDP); (Bottom, L to R) Calvin Neufeld (Green), and Scott Reid (Conservative, incumbent).

Here’s how each of the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston candidates will be spending their day and where they will be watching the results with supporters as they come in:

Florian Bors (People’s Party of Canada) is on the phones today, calling supporters and others to answering questions that they may have in their last minutes of deciding who they’re voting for. He’s also promoting democracy in the importance of getting out to vote. This evening he and his team are setting up campaign headquarters at the Creekside Bar and Grill in Battersea, Ontario, and will watch the election results with other friends and volunteers and family from this location. 

Michelle Foxton (Liberal Party) made phone calls to voters this morning and then drove up to stop by the campaign office in Perth for lunch with volunteers. She then travelled around the riding, meeting up with candidate representatives and bringing them refreshments as they work to pull every vote possible. Michelle will return to the campaign office for a small gathering with friends, family, and a group of volunteers to say thank you and see the election results come in.

Steve Garrison (NDP) started his day in Harrowsmith waving signs with his team and encouraging people to get out to the polls.  He has made his way to Sharbot Lake and Perth where they stopped for lunch before more door-knocking in Smith’s Falls.  They plan to spend the rush hour in the Kingston area greeting people as they head home from work.  This evening Garrison will be watching the results roll in outdoors with a small group at his brother’s home.

Calvin Neufeld (Green) said it’s been a busy day full of social media posting, helping people get to polling offices, and sending out a news letter with information on voting. Tonight, he and his campaign team will have a virtual “victory party,” forgoing their usual in-person events due to COVID-19, however, upholding their Green tradition of celebrating regardless of the outcome at the polls since “since every campaign is a true victory for the dedicated teamwork that goes into building a solid campaign, a strong presence, and a crucial voice for climate action and social justice.”

Scott Reid (Conservative), the incumbent MP, spent his day driving people to the polls.  He also helped a new voter who didn’t have the proper I.D. to go through the process. For the rest of the afternoon and evening, he will be at his campaign office to make calls until the polls come in. This evening due to COVID restrictions he is having a closed private event there to watch the polls come in.

With files from Michelle Dorey Forestell and Tori Stafford.

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