You embrace change. You are optimistic about the future. You value diversity, creativity and are not afraid to challenge authority. You want to be fiscally responsible for the sake of future generations.

Yet, you do not worship at the altar of the almighty dollar nor define yourself by how much you consume or acquire.

The world around you is constantly evolving and adapting. What worked in the past will not always work in the future.

If you agree with all of the above statements, you are probably a small “L” liberal. Forget parties and logos. Set aside party leaders and policies of the past. Consider your principles.

Next, take a long, hard look at your local candidate. What values do they believe in and do they align with yours? Consider their ability to persuade and demonstrate leadership with others. Are they leaders or followers?

None of the party leaders are on the ballot unless you live in Calgary Heritage, Papineau, Outremont or Saanich-Gulf Islands. Your vote will be cast for a person who can best understand you, your concerns and be available and accountable to you first rather than to a party or ideology.

In some cases, the person has already made their position clear in that regard. In other cases, you can only ask the question and hold them to account if they do not live up to their commitment.

Do not allow special interests or frivolous arguments to derail your desire to stay true to your principles. I assure you, there are many people out there who will try to confuse you, dissuade you or outright mislead you.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to sort this one out. Who is not afraid to speak up and ask questions? Which person best represents your principles? And who has the run the best campaign, and at the end of the day, who has worked hardest to earn your trust and respect? Realistically, do they have ANY chance of winning?

Your vote can make history. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t let anyone decide the outcome of this election FOR YOU. Have the courage to make an imperfect choice if the perfect choice is not available to you. Because it is an imperfect world. We do not have the luxury of only perfect choices.

October 19. Go YOU.

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