I am sending this out into the Canadian Blogosphere on behalf of volunteers of all party stripes who are canvassing in this election: We are volunteers!! That means we do not receive any pay or compensation of any kind for our hours and hours of walking up and down streets, knocking on doors, slipping on ice and trying really hard not to have our noses running when you answer your door. We have encountered all kinds of weather. Our pens have frozen to our fingertips. We have encountered freezing rain, ice pellets, sleet and slush. We are wet, cold and exhausted.
When you answer the doorbell, please don't just glance at our party brochure and slam the door in our faces. We are out here because we think we can make a difference; each in our own way. We care about our country, and where it is going. To those businesses and stores that won't let canvassers use their washrooms, I ask you to consider what price you put on democracy and freedom? Is it not in your best interest to provide your facilities so that our country can continue to flourish and encourage free enterprise? (And by the way, to that great Jamaican restaurant owner - I won't say where - Thanks so much for having pity on two cold and desparate women today!).
And to all those people that actually smiled, and thanked us for canvassing and delivering a message of hope, I say thank you! Your encouragement is what keeps us going. We believe in Canada, and we believe in democracy. But we can't do it without your support. God bless you!