Sunday, 9 August 2015

NDP Rally with John Fenik in Perth

That was so much fun! We've been to a couple of rallies. My favourite was meeting Elizabeth May's train in Parry Sound in 2008, when we lived in Muskoka. Her train was 3 hours late. This rally was pretty much on time. The rally in Peterborough was finished at 2:40, and they hopped on the bus (a two-hour, 20 minute drive sans traffic!) and drove here. The Perth rally was scheduled for 5:00 to 6:00, Mr. Mulcair arrived about 5:45!

When Mr. Fenik and Lake 88 tweeted out his rally, I knew I had to be there. We had trouble parking, people were streaming across the Crystal Palace parking lot, into the building.

The Global cameraman winked at me, after I took his photo! (I like taking photos of the backstory!) It was a beautiful setting for the rally, in the Crystal Palace. People just kept arriving and packing the joint!

Men and women in black. Cool shades. Hubby was at a different door. He saw they were seriously packing!

Supporters just kept arriving! I saw Paul Dewar arrive, in a brightly coloured plaid shirt. There was no photo for me, he was engulfed in the crowd. I used to sit on the OCETF executive with him. I remember my colleague, one of the hard-working supporters, grabbing his mop of dark hair and telling him to get a haircut!

Once Mr. Fenik arrived, the crowd began to get excited! Hubby snapped a photo for me! Mr. Fenik told us the bus was 15 minutes away.

Once Mr. Mulcair's bus arrived (5:46), the clapping began! Of course, he couldn't just hop off the bus. CTV was on the bus with him, and they had to set up their camera. Then, I realized, I wouldn't be able to see anything!

Security took different roles. They blocked the parking lot. One dude helped a man back up his car and trailer, he mistakenly tried to go through the parking lot with his canoe in tow. He had to back up and go back onto Gore Street!

The man, himself! Leader of the NDP. This was with my zoom. CTV videocamera on the left, Global TV on the right. Too bad for us chumps who'd been standing there for nearly an hour!

Town was very busy, it being a Friday, with tourists coming to town. There was a car crash just outside of the bank parking lot! Excitement for all! Citiots, methinks. You have to drive more slowly in cottage country...


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...okay I go - ogled and am now au fait with your politicos! Neat... YAM xx

Red said...

What an exciting day. I hope we have a few of those out here. Some difference compared to the other guy who has body searches and sniffer dogs and only invited people.

William Kendall said...

I saw Mr. Mulcair some weeks back on a Saturday walking through the Byward Market with his wife. You'd never see Harper do that.

Well, at least not until he's drummed out of office and doesn't have a wall of security around him 24 hours a day.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, this may turn out to be a very exciting election!

UdyRegan said...

That was some turn out I think! Looks like you got some awesome pictures of the action. I'm jealous coz I always forget to break my camera out of storage at times like this and end up not having any pictures at all!