I had a fairly strong debut for mayor candidacy on Sun News Network, Friday Jan. 3. The producer told me they had a problem finding a Toronto mayor candidate willing to come in on a Friday afternoon. Strange, given the number of candidates on the ballot to choose from.
People were really excited to see the Sun News Network segment Matt Mernagh For Mayor? and the feedback was positive. My team has begun discussing how to improve my civic presentations and soon I’ll be comfortable discussing my research in more specifics. Our biggest hurdle is overcoming the cannabis stigma, but the last person who didn’t take me seriously almost lost the war on drugs.
Sun News Network is known for their aggressive style and knowing this advance really helped me stand my ground to communicate my message. The segment made for great political television and I’m looking forward to returning when our first policy plank is announced.
The interview ended fantastic – I think I demonstrated I am serious mayor contender – with a question about when we intend to release our first policies. We will be ready to drop some ideas soon.
This is the longest political campaign in Canadian politics and that gives us some advantages. We can campaign akin to someone seeking the American presidency in the primaries.
My campaign manager Chris Goodwin is influenced by Ron Paul while I am McGovern and Hunter S. Thompson inspired. All three were fringe candidates who ultimately accomplished a great deal for political engagement. If we can run a campaign a tenth as good as Paul and on par with HST we’ll do fine on election night.
Slowly but surely we’ll start building up a steady ground swell of civic support. In these cold months you can pitch in getting the civic political engine warmed up by inviting me over for a cup of civically engaged coffee. Let’s skip the crack talk and use our energy instead to get down to the nuts and bolts of civic campaigning.
ARTICLE SOURCE Mernagh.ca
Toronto-based activist and writer Matt Mernagh interviewed on Sun News Network about his campaign for Mayor of Toronto 2014:
Video source SUN TV