From the front lines of the coming election campaign, this anecdote from a (presumably Liberal) resident of St. Paul's in Toronto, which is destined to be one of the most keenly watched races in the country.
Public Health Minister Carolyn Bennett will be facing off against Global TV's Peter Kent and the NDP's high-profile recruit, Paul Summerville, an economist who's worked with the Royal and Toronto-Dominion banks. Here's an early street skirmish, in Kate Reilly's own words:
A funny thing that happened to me on the way to work this morning.
I was coming up on Eglinton station when I saw a man waving some fliers. Not wanting to be accosted, I averted my eyes and continued walking but looked up just at the wrong moment.
"Hey, babe, take one of these. Wanna meet Peter Kent?" I kid you not, these were the exact words from this man's mouth.
I told him I didn't really have time to stop but as I was still speaking Peter came over and grabbed my hand to shake it. Here is the best part - he then told me to "hurry off so you won't be late for lessons."
...Lessons? I'm a 25 year old woman. Who does not have lessons to hurry off to and does NOT appreciate being called 'babe' by someone trying to win her vote.
This is a sad state of affairs. But it did make me chuckle, in an, "oh, how sad," kind of way. I don't imagine he'll be much of a challenge to the incumbent.