Owen Parkhouse, P.E.I. Man, Goes Door To Door To Try To Snag Senate Seat

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CHARLOTTETOWN — A Prince Edward Island man is making a unique bid to become the province's next senator — with long days of campaigning door-to-door for support.

Owen Parkhouse has gathered more than 500 signatures to include with an application that must be submitted before the end of the day Thursday.

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Owen Parkhouse, from Morel, P.E.I., campaigns door to door in his bid to become a senator from the Island, in Charlottetown on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Vaughan/CP)

Last month, an independent advisory board opened up the application process to anyone who thinks they might be a good fit for one of the 20 current and upcoming vacancies in seven provinces, including one in P.E.I. 

Parkhouse, a 51-year-old veteran of the Canadian Forces and a former president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, says he was hoping to gather more signatures by now, but many people have been inviting him in to sit at the kitchen table and talk politics for a while.

Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island, says while there won't be an election, support from the public can't hurt Parkhouse's application.

While the panel will recommend an appointment, a final decision will be made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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