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Truro-area mom takes her child to his first federal election

Nicole MacLeod took her son Wesley along to the polling station, even though he is a little too young to vote.
Nicole MacLeod took her son Wesley along to the polling station, even though he is a little too young to vote. - Fram Dinshaw

For Nicole MacLeod and her little son Wesley, political education starts from an early age.

She carried her child into the polling station on 169 Glenwood Drive as she cast her ballot in the federal election Monday. While Wesley is still too young to understand what was happening, MacLeod said she wanted him to grow up as an informed and engaged citizen.

“He should do his research and make his own mind up, about who he thinks should deserve to be at the head of our nation, because it’s important that you listen to yourself and not other people,” said MacLeod. “He has a right to his vote and his voice as well.”

For MacLeod herself, there were no particular issues driving her to the polls.

But she still felt it was important to make her voice heard.

“If we don’t, then we can’t really complain about the end results,” said MacLeod.

A few minutes earlier, Mary-Anne Baird went inside the John Calvin Christian Reform Church, where Elections Canada had set up their polling station, to cast her vote.

She described herself “as not very political at all,” but wanted the government to offer more help for mothers and families. She also wanted a federal government to grow Canada’s domestic industry and use its own resources instead of importing goods from abroad.

Her husband, Cihan, is from Turkey and was due back in town to cast his vote later on Monday evening. He was still at work when Baird cast her vote, but she said it was his first election, having received his citizenship in March.

“I just think it’s great,” said Baird. “I think he’s doing well here.”

Polls in Truro and Colchester County will close by 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

There is no word yet from Elections Canada about voting numbers in the Truro area, but updates are expected later this evening.

The 338Canada.com poll analysis website says the riding of Cumberland Colchester will likely vote Liberal. Its latest numbers show Liberal candidate Lenore Zann has a 94 per cent probability of winning, against six per cent for her Conservative rival Scott Armstrong.

The poll numbers have seesawed between them over the last six weeks.

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