If you’ve noticed that there haven’t been many editorials as of late, that’s because I’m swamped with election business, not that writing my editorials isn’t important to winning an Independent Seat in Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. But I’m simply inundated.
I attended a gathering in Ottawa last Saturday, where I was invited to speak. After speaking for about a half hour, people who were in attendance gave personal checks towards our campaign.
My Official Agent came away with a little over $5,000 in individual contributions. To say that I was blown away would be a major understatement.
My campaign receives donations every day in the mail, and from time to time people still donate through PayPal, which in the early days of the campaign was an unbelievable source for contributions.
IT HAS ALL MADE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE!
I’ve taken the personal risk of adding even more to the campaign than I had originally intended to, and then added onto it again.
My wife thinks I’ve gone a little overboard, since none of the other candidates, including the incumbent has done much of anything other than posting lawn signs.
I guess if the government (our tax dollars) isn’t financing Lauzon’s mailings, as it did nearly every week for a month or two before the election, he doesn’t have what it takes to finance it himself or with the financial help of supporters.
As far as us getting out the word: We’ve gone from a decent radio campaign in the Greater Cornwall market to a HUGE radio campaign.
We’re on CFRA (Ottawa) just before 11:00 am on the Lowell Green Show, every day up to the day before the election. His show reaches many voters in our Riding.
We are advertising in EVERY Riding Newspaper with 1/4-page ads that really tell it as it is.
And we have 300 lawn signs placed, with another 250 to come. It seems that there are more people who wanted LET’S WIN BACK CANADA lawn signs than we had originally produced. So we’re producing more.
But the cherry atop the whipped cream is our flier program that is being delivered via Canada Post. First one goes out today. The next will be sent in one week. The third mailing will be sent the week prior to the election.
I had initially budgeted for one 40,000-flier distribution at a cost of just under $10,000. Then, when contributions started to roll-in, I bumped it up to two mass mailings. And now that it is looking as if we have a REAL chance to make history, I’ve added the third.
Let me describe these fliers:
They’re not simple pieces of cheap paper with black ink and perhaps a spot color. The first two fliers are 5 1/2“ x 8 1/2“ card stock sheets printed in full color on the front, with black ink on the back that clearly lays out much of what I stand for, and much of what I stand against.
The third mailing is the same size as the first two, but instead of just a black second side, both sides are full color with varnish on an even heavier card stock.
The message on the third mailing is crystal clear. It says:
LET’S MAKE THIS ELECTION ABOUT CANADA!
What can be clearer than that?
The debates start tomorrow night (Wednesday September 24, 2008) in Cornwall at the Legion Hall at 415 2nd Street at 7:00 o’clock. The host of the debate is the Social Development Council of Cornwall. Their main concern includes affordable housing.
How can we have affordable housing when we’re busy spending BILLIONS on Quebec and Official Bilingualism?
The Second debate is on Thursday September 25, 2008 at the Holy Trinity Catholic School just off Boundary Road South of the 401 at 7:30.
This debate is hosted by the South Glengarry Chamber of Commerce, where the topics will be more open, and the debate might be more personal. And if it isn’t more personal, I’ll make it so.
I have been invited to address the students at Saint Lawrence College (Cornwall Campus) on October 1, 2008 from 11:30 to 2:00 o’clock. I’m really looking forward to that.
On October 6, 2008, I will participate in the BIG debate carried live on Corus Radio (1220 AM) and Cogeco Cable TV. This event is organized by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, which will be held at the Cornwall Civic Center.
The last debate will be held at the Chesterville Legion on October 9, 2008 at 8:00 o’clock. It is organized by the Stormont Federation of Agriculture & the Dundas Federation of Agriculture.
I am extremely pleased with the direction our campaign is heading, and thank everyone who has contributed with their financial support, their moral support, their labor, and or a combination of all the preceding.
If you have not yet made a donation, and you want to, we can REALLY use the extra funds to finish financing the campaign, which I just outlined.
None of this campaign marketing falls under the category of maybe we’ll do it.
IT’S ALL DONE.
And now I have to pay or it. We’re not short by much. Just a few thousand dollars will put us in the black and let me sleep a bit better at night.
I promised everyone a great campaign, and a true fight to WIN BACK CANADA.
I’ve kept my word.
Now let’s hope that enough people in our Riding have heard and or read the message and will vote for a real INDEPENDENT voice that will be heard above Party politics.
Together: LET’S WIN BACK CANADA!
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov