Friday, September 21, 2012

Taking it to the Streets

Source: Prince Albert Herald

Of the candidates thus far, it seems that Trent Wotherspoon is getting the jump on having the most public appearances; as the candidate sat down with a group of people in Prince Albert this week, and will be heading to Saskatoon this coming week.

While all of the candidates have been taking their own approach to meeting with your average Saskatchewan residents, by my view, Trent has certainly taken the widest approach and has been jumping across the province to attend events. (It is possible that I have missed some news from the other campaigns regarding event attendance, so if I am wrong and any of the other candidates have been as travel happy as Trent, please let me know.)

And it was in Prince Albert that Trent began to outline a bit of his vision for Saskatchewan, if he were to be elected as leader. Essentially, it was Trent expanding on his campaign's motto of "Forward Together" (which is quite a bit similar to Ryan Meili's "Better Together". There is going to be a point where I discuss the mottos, logos, and other banalities of the campaign and score them based on what they've put forward thus far, so stay tuned for that.)

So, how did Trent expand on his vision for the province? By reminding us, that much like the song, we're all in this together. He highlighted the need for housing in this province, and more importantly the need for affordable housing. He expanded, however, showing how the ridiculous cost of housing has an impact on other areas of the province.

Trent explained, very well in my opinion, that families are choosing between the cost of living and the cost of other essentials, like food. And a child growing up in a home where food isn't readily available in turn affects our education sector, which in turn affects that child's and the province's future prospects. You'd think it would be a common mindset that what we do today will affect what happens tomorrow; but some people often lose the big picture and can't see the forest for the trees.

I've spoken before on this blog about how some politicians are purely creatures of the Id, caring only for what happens today and the immediate gratification that comes with it. As such, it's nice to see someone in the race immediately extolling the virtue of long term planning and realizing that a decision in one area will have an impact elsewhere as well. That government decisions are not an island, and cuts or increased spending in one sector will impact another.

I'm sure it's a mindset that all of the candidates can agree to; and depending on how future policy developments and fully fleshed out platforms develop, it will be interesting to see which candidate puts the most emphasis on creating a plan that is not only clear vision for the province, but one that understands how the actions contained within will affect areas outside of those sectors.

And I'm sure as Trent continues to move across the province, we'll begin to see that principle in effect in the policies that are brought forward by his campaign.

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