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We at the final day of the election campaigning for Election 41 in Canada. One thing that has caught my attention lately is Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party criticizing the opposition of a government formed by a coalition of the opposition parties because coalition governments don’t work.
While this may be true with our current form of electing our MPs, this would work with a government elected through proportional representation as is proven by many successful governments around the world that work with coalitions all the time. It is because no one party has a large enough of a control to make the coalition volatile.
But until this happens, I happen to agree with many of Conservative Party policies. According to many major newspapers across Canada, the do to as posted in an article today showing a recap of various editorials. While I think that Stephen Harper can be aloof and even arrogant at times, the Conservative platform is what is going to be needed in Canada.
I do like some of the policies, however, of the NDP but the problem is that they have been unable to explain how many of the things they want to do will be paid for. The last time I checked, everything costs money and that will only come through the reduction of existing services or the raising of taxes. Since the NDP platform promises everything, nothing will be reduced which means higher taxes for all of us.
The Liberal Party is and always has been there to look after Ontario and Quebec. This is the same this year and like the NDP have promised the world without thinking about where the money to fund everything is going to come from. Both the NDP and Liberals want to reduce the development and production of the Oil Sands in Alberta but they don’t bother to think about the impact this has on the economy and employment in Alberta or the tax revenues that the Government of Canada receive from it. I actually agree that over time the need for development of the Oil Sands will need to be reduced however until such time as a viable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels is being produced, the Oil Sands and other projects like the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline are needed and help fund our governments.
Again, I am all for the Green Party and their ideals. But at the present time we have to just hope that Elizabeth May can get her seat to become the first Green Party MP and go from there. As the push for alternative sources of energy becomes more prominent the Green Party will continue to grow however like the Red and Orange parties, funding for some of their initiatives has not been explained. Maybe in 10 years the Green will stand a chance of being a viable alternative to the major parties but until they can explain how government will be funded without the taxes that come from the industries and businesses that they would prefer to eliminate and how the jobs they will chop with those businesses will be replaced. The ideals for both the Greens and NDP are there…just not explained.
So on the last day I think I have made my decision. I received the obligatory Liberal Party, NDP and Green Party propaganda stuffed in my door although I will say the Green Party got here a couple of weeks ago whereas both the Liberal and NDP showed up yesterday trying to get my vote. Last day is kind of late I am afraid. I doubt anyone who is voting tomorrow hasn’t made up their minds. The same thing with the Conservatives who phoned me with a pre-recorded message that politely told me the benefits of voting for the Conservatives and giving them a majority government.
So while we spent the last 35 days listening to promises from everyone you need to vote. It doesn’t matter who you vote for as long as the decision is your own and you are deciding for reasons that make sense to you. You can’t vote a specific way if you don’t understand the issues. If you have not followed along, then visit the party websites and do some reading so you can make at least a semi-educated decision. Voting without reason is as bad as not voting.
THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY AND GOVERNMENT SO GET INFORMED AND MAKE A DECISION TO VOTE. USE YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO VOTE.
- Tories and NDP neck and neck on election eve (macleans.ca)
- Election day is "feast or famine" for NDP: poll (canada.com)
- Harper paints surging NDP as economic threat (ctv.ca)
- Harper pleads with Liberal supporters to vote Tory to stop NDP (thestar.com)
Does anyone remember the old days when voters went to the poll to cast their ballot based on the hands shaken and babies kissed by the candidates and the limited and sometimes (mostly) selective information that was published or broadcast by news agencies? It seems like a long time ago but in reality it has been less than 10 years.
It started in 2006, expanded with the US election in 2008 and has been gaining steam since…to the point where more people will get their information on the upcoming election from social media than from almost any other place.
The new social media way of campaigning is a way for the parties and candidates to get in touch with everyone. Or at least anyone who is interested. The cost of the travel involved by candidates in rural or the territories is astronomical compared to their urban counterpart. In the NWT for example, the cost of candidates to travel to visit constituents in Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk, Deline, Colville Lake or even Inuvik or Hay River is an expensive venture costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
During the 5 week span of the election, candidates barely scratch the surface as far as meeting their constituents. People not at home, people not wanting to talk to candidates make it difficult and a waste of limited time. This is where Social Media can help.
Most, if not all, candidates for Election 41 have a Facebook page or a Twitter account, if not both. The Political parties all have Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube accounts to help keep everyone in the know. The leaders of the parties all have the same so you can find out everything you need to know.
In addition to the social media sites, RSS feeds from the party sites, news agencies and bloggers, anything you want or need to know in order to make an informed decision in this election has never been easier. You have the right to vote so it is up to you to exercise that right and vote.