FACE IN THE CROWD: Ready for election to end as it begins

Bonnie Learning bonnie.learning@tc.tc
Published on November 6, 2015

Merv Linstead says he is politicked out, with a provincial campaign now ongoing following the longest federal campaign in modern Canadian history.

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A sign for local Liberal candidate Perry Trimper is prominently displayed in the window of the Grand River Barber Shop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Inside, customer Merv Linstead sits in one of two chairs inside the shop as owner/barber, Henry White, diligently snips away.

Linstead doesn’t mince words when asked his thoughts on the upcoming provincial election set to take place at the end of this month.

“I think we’re a little bit politicked out,” he says, as bits of hair fall onto his shoulders.

“It’s been going on a little bit too long. Every second day, there’s an election.”

The provincial election follows on the heels of the longest federal election campaign in current Canadian history — a marathon 78 days.

The provincial election is nowhere near as long — the writ was just officially dropped earlier today and voters will head to the polls on Nov. 30.

Linstead says he doesn’t know for sure what issues the candidates for the Upper Lake Melville district should be focusing on, noting he hasn’t given it much thought to date, with the exception of one: employment at Muskrat Falls.

“The local people are not getting the jobs and that’s been going on for some time,” he says.

“Hopefully, we’ll get all the right people in the right places and they’ll take care of that,” he says. “They  (the Liberals) said they would; they complained about it when they were on the other side (of the House of Assembly), so hopefully it will all be taken care of.”

"FACE IN THE CROWD" feature is being rolled out by all papers in the TC Media chain in Newfoundland and Labrador, to get a perspective from the average person as to their thoughts on the upcoming provincial election.