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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)
A new poll published yesterday shows that the Conservative Party are getting closer to the majority government that they are hoping for. Maybe this is the right thing for Canada. I believe that stability in government is what we need now. After 4 elections in 7 years and the potential instability that goes with it, maybe it’s time to give the government a majority.
There has been a lot said lately about the Conservative Government being held in “contempt of parliament”, however, while this is the first time a party has been called on this, lets be honest and realize that no political party elected in Canada has been perfect.
Every government has had their scandals and failures exploited and over blown by the opposition parties. Each has had the good things that they have done diminished and belittled by the opposition parties all vying to make themselves the choice for people once the government in power calls an election.
Everyone has their own spin on where government should spend monies in a budget. Under the current Conservative Government everyone got tax cuts. This includes big business, both you and I with the majority of the tax cuts going toward small business.
The current Conservative Government took a hard stand on crime. If you want to be soft on criminals, let drug dealers off with a “slap on the wrist” as other parties would have happen. This will poison more people and end up costing our health care even more than it does now. And many people complain about the current state of our healthcare. Have you taken a look at how good we have it compared to many other countries?