The situation that arose with the NDP canvassers all along my street and our apartment building was very upsetting to myself and to many tenants in our building.
My neighbour in her 90s, as well as a recent heart surgery patient, was really shaken up with what was an aggressive, persistent and a demanding “allegiances and information” approach by the canvassers, and there were many complaints from the tenants.
They had always thought, as I did, that we were living in a safe, secure building, which it has been until this incident.
I really think that people should be informed of their right to say “no, you may not enter our building” to these political canvassers when they persist in intruding into a secure, multiple residential building using the Elections Act 81 (1).
In our case, when a protest regarding the non-scheduled intrusion was made, they repeatedly waved a small piece of paper which had on it the part of the elections act that permits entry.
However, in the Election Act 81 (2) it states that the right of access may be denied by a person in control of the building. This means owners, managers and/or security personnel. This does protect the more vulnerable people of our population.
People can be vulnerable for many different reasons whether due to age, health issues or self protection problems and need to feel safe in their homes.
Most residents found the above situation to be so very wrong.