A REALTOR®'s Perspective on the All Candidates Meetings

We recently had an opportunity to speak with a Realtor about his experience at his local election event. 

Here is what he had to say.

Question:  You recently attended an election event in your community.  What did you learn from the All Candidates meeting?

Realtor's Response: One of the biggest takeaways from the All Candidates meeting I attended was that, while all candidates have the intention of bettering the Region (and Canada as a whole), their mandates for accomplishing those goals vary widely on some topics. Specifically, hot button topics such as the federal lands earmarked for the Pickering Airport, the environment and transit issues. While I certainly didn't agree with every candidate in attendance, I am open to listening to new ideas and even changing my mind (and perhaps vote), on the discovery of new facts and figures.

Question: Did you have an opportunity to network with people from the community?

Realtor's Response: Yes, and that's one of my favourite aspects of attending such functions; there really are some interesting characters in attendance. As an investor and business owner myself, I love asking and learning about other people's business: why they do what they do; and what are some of the biggest challenges they're facing in their specific market or industry? I have such enthusiasm for small business, I love the exchange of ideas you can find.

Question: Why do you think attending election events is important?

Realtor's Response: The importance of attending future candidate meetings, actively reviewing candidate platforms online, or visiting their campaign offices cannot be understated. I'd wager that the average person spends more time researching what type of TV or computer to buy than they will actively decide who they feel would be the best leader of Canada.  Without taking an active role, you'll find yourself at the ebb and flow of making your decision based on the sound bites heard on the 6 o'clock news.

To find out more about election events in your community, click here.

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