I have always lived in electorally safe Liberal ridings.
In 2011, when the Orange Wave was sweeping Toronto, my MP's seat was safe enough that she campaigned in British Columbia ("we have to stop Harper," was her justification for spending time away from the riding during an election.)
The last Ontario election was the same: another painfully safe Liberal candidate winning his painfully safe Liberal riding.
I moved to Québec permanently in June. Within a month of my move, the date was set for a fall provincial election.
I'd soon discover what it's like to live in the midst of a real electoral fight.