“My goal was to continue to be a defender, to continue to provide a voice… and I think I did,” said Brooks, who had 1,818 votes on Monday.
Despite receiving just 1,818 votes and finishing a distant fourth in Monday’s federal election, Green Party candidate Krystal Brooks said today she feels good about her campaign.
“We did a good job with the number of people we had. I think most people know that as Greens we have a lot of work to do to improve our party, ”she said.
“It comes down to leadership, and that’s what reflects on the candidates as well. When I got my signatures (required by Elections Canada) I had a lot of people who didn’t want to sign because they said the Green Party needs to find a new leader and focus on what’s going on within of their own party, ”Brooks explained. .
She says the blame doesn’t just fall on Green Party leader Annamie Paul; early elections made it difficult for other parties to gain traction.
“I am a whole new face in this field. I said from the start that I am not a politician. I’m usually not the one people see on a ballot which I’m very proud of, but I also think it’s unrealistic to expect the same number of votes the previous candidate received after years game, ”she said.
In the 2019 federal election, veteran Green Party candidate Valerie Powell garnered 5,882 votes, just under 10% of the vote that year in North Simcoe.
Despite the steep learning curve, Brooks says she would run for the Green Party again in the future.
“I met so many amazing people through this and got to listen to the concerns that were my favorite part of it,” she said.
“Meeting the other candidates has been a blessing because they all have something to offer and they are great people. “
Brooks says she was excited about Conservative Party candidate Adam Chambers who won last night’s election.
“During the Orillia debate for democracy, I was very nervous and had difficult times. Halfway through the debate, Adam held up a note so that only I could see it, and it said, “You’re doing really well. “It was the sweetest thing there was,” Brooks said.
If she could start the electoral process all over again, Brooks is unsure if she would do anything different.
“I just wish I had a lot more time to interact with people, I think that’s the most important. Hitting as many houses and talking to as many people as possible was something tricky with this election,” a- she declared.
Brooks said she had to resist “overwhelming” behavior from the men during the campaign.
“I have received an overwhelming amount of inappropriate and disgusting messages from a number of men,” said Brooks.
“It was disturbing and very difficult to focus on what I needed and wanted to accomplish because I was constantly sexualized every moment of this trip,” she said.
“Someone said he would vote for me if I took my top off. On all the social media posts, it was almost a guarantee that I would receive over 20 messages from random men telling me how beautiful I was and wondering if I was single; they were using my platform as a dating site, ”she said.
Despite the harassment, Brooks is happy that she came up with her name.
“My goal in going into this project was to continue to be an advocate, to continue to provide a voice to a lot of different people and things that don’t have a voice, and I feel like I did. “she said.
“Winning is very different for me than it is for a lot of other people. I sincerely believe that I won in different ways. What I get out of it is very different from what other candidates might get out of it. I don’t see it as a defeat, but as a personal victory, ”she said.
Brooks campaign manager Mathew Lund says he’s proud of Brooks.
“It was very difficult because we found ourselves without a lot of things, we lost a lot of volunteers, a lot of money, but despite everything she was there, she was working, jostling, doing doorways. door-to-door, and she did an amazing job connecting people on a one-to-one basis, “Lund said.” She even got people to vote who had never done so before.
“I think we exceeded our expectations. She ended up with a local vote of 3.5% against 2.2% for the national average. Annamie Paul herself only got 0.8 percent. So we are incredibly proud of the work and effort that Krystal has put into it, ”he said. OrilliaMatters.
Lund says the national vote was down because for the Greens who failed to field a candidate in 82 constituencies across the country.
“This party has had a full slate of candidates in every constituency since 2002, and this is the first time we’ve had 82 constituencies below it. This is the reason why we have lost such a huge percentage and we have to understand what happened there, ”he said.
“There should be reviews within the party to understand this situation, and this is where we must first seek to rebuild and restructure the party.”
There are only the mail-in ballots left to count, here is the count for North Simcoe after the counting of the ballots in 281 of the 282 polls:
Adam Chambers (Conservative) 25,414 votes or 42.6% of the total
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (Liberal) 17,983 or 30.2%
Janet-Lynne Durnford (NDP) 9,480 or 15.9%
Stephen Makk (PPC) 4,715 or 7.9%
Krystal Brooks (Green Party) 1,818 or 3%
Russ Emo (Christian Heritage Party) 200 or .3%
According to Elections Canada, 59,610 of 101,144 registered voters (58.94%) voted on Monday. This does not include voters who registered on election day.