Another conversation with a savvy insider on the civic election – one who deserves the moniker of ‘pundit’ (in the best sense) – and who had a most provocative insight: “Vision will win a majority on council.”
How? With their data base. Vision continued to renew their already-extensive and targeted contact list between elections. Unlike the new parties or independents, Vision knows who their supporters are and how to reach them.
Because of the new financing rules, it’s even more of a challenge for others to create such a list or find an expensive substitute. Pundit thinks Hector Bremner may have some data, but it’s likely out of date. There’s also a rumour that the NPA may have been in danger of losing what they had because of an in-house conflict. Regardless, says pundit, the old guard that’s left, after Bremner blew it apart, doesn’t know much about contemporary political organizing.
But has Vision, I asked, such a damaged brand that, regardless of their data, they won’t pull in the needed vote?
Pundit thinks that even with a 15 to 20 percent drop in support, their core vote won’t be bewildered by a ballot with 70-plus councillor candidates and nine for mayor (at last count). And if they fear that the progressive policies of Vision they do like, regardless of a failure on the housing file, might be threatened, they’ll be sufficiently motivated to support the party. Vision will know their names. Then it’s the job of the volunteers to get them out.
Sounds like old-fashioned political organizing to me.