After months of speculation, we’re finally out of the starting gates of the Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election. This behemoth of a campaign (at seven weeks, it’s more than two weeks longer than the 2011 general election) will be taxing for the candidates tasked with getting around this giant riding. So, in tribute to their efforts and the most banal election question possible, how’re you doing, candidates?
Kyle Harrietha (Liberal)
They’re going great. I’ve been… out door-knocking in Fort McMurray, meeting members of the community as we work through the election campaign.
Phone interview, May 14
Lori McDaniel (NDP)
It’s been crazy actually. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of all the tragic incidents at suncor? I’ve been heavily involved in that for the last while. So sad.
Twitter DM, May 15
Tim Moen (Libertarian)
It’s going great! Enroute to Ottawa right now for our leadership convention.
Facebook message, May 16
David Yurdiga (Conservative)
This week I talked to many Albertans in Fort McMurray-Athabasca that commented on the need for strong, stable leadership and support for our oil sands, and I reminded them that only Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have stood up for their interests when it comes to the oil patch.
Text message, May 17