I’m at a Political Crossroads. What should I do dear readers? EDITORIAL Jamie Gilcig – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010

I’m at a Political Crossroads.  What should I do dear readers?  EDITORIAL  Jamie Gilcig – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010

In my political life I’ve only voted three times.    It’s not that I’m apathetic.  It’s not that I don’t care.   It’s that to me when I vote for someone that means I not only endorse them, but they represent me.   I’ve supported a lot of candidates; worked for quite a few as well, but in the end I’ve only voted for 3.

There have only been a few politicians I’ve really liked, and when I use the word like I have to filter that by saying that I “like” ugly things that are imperfect but really functional and have a certain something.

Jean Chretien for example is a flawed man, but some of those flaws helped create the very things I most admired about him.     Even our current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper,  whose politics I find repulsive, I find a certain attraction to.

I think Gilles Duceppe could be Prime Minister of Canada if he gave up on Quebec Independence like most of the rest of that province as I think he at times is an electrifying politician.

Until 2009 I was a card holding Liberal federally.   I haven’t always, but have for the majority of my political life.   I have supported non-Liberal candidates because I’m issue centric as a voter.   If I feel for example that Medicare is the number one issue I will vote for the party I feel can best have the most positive impact on that issue.

That’s not an easy feat to figure out because clever politicians can say things that mean things that they don’t say.

Then there’s the situation where the party you want to support doesn’t have much chance of winning.  What to do then?

I don’t think Mr. Harper and the current incarnation of the Conservative Party even have a wish to save Medicare, and probably would like to privatize it right after killing the CBC.

The Liberals?  Well as much as I hate to say this I find that the civil war is still going on and frankly the difference between the current Liberal Party and the Conservatives is simply which shade of Vanilla you’re into on a given day.

That leaves us Federally with the NDP and the Green Party.    They both are intriguing options but do either of them have the ability to have any impact anytime soon?

For the Jack Layton led NDP to achieve the kind of numbers it would take would be some major mathematical political successes.    Thomas Mulcair would have to find a way to get 15 to 20 seats in Quebec and that my friends would be no easy feat as much as it makes sense.  As Mr. Mulcair put it, NDP politics are very much the things that Quebecers want without the all or nothing issue of Separation that the Bloc and Parti Quebecois have owned in the province.

The Greens while being a voice in the wilderness still have a ways to go although I do admire their goal of having a minimum income for all Canadians something I truly agree in.

I think what I’m looking for is a party that wants a strong Federal government; that protects medicare and embraces it as the spirit of what makes us Canadian, that respects peoples right of choice in life; respects business; especially small business; appreciates accountability, and maybe just maybe reinstate the death penalty for pension sucking swine like Clifford Olson.

Doesn’t exist and probably never will.   So my fellow Canadians should I just tuck my head down to the keyboard and stick to writing about what options we do have or do I hold my nose, put those rose colored glasses on and try and go with the party that has the best chance of accomplishing something positive?

Feel free to post your comments below.

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18 Comments on "I’m at a Political Crossroads. What should I do dear readers? EDITORIAL Jamie Gilcig – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010"

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Jamie. This is not a perfect world and that includes our Federal political parties. If we can only accept the perfect, then I think we would all become hermits or would just refuse to vote. Political parties are made up of all kinds of different people who are trying to bring about change, change that they tend to generally agree with. I have voted in every Federal election and have voted for three parties over that time. The Liberals usually reflect more of the progressive values that I tend to agree with, even if they often do things I don’t… Read more »

Yes Jamie VOTE…….and vote often.

Problems I have with a minimum income, include, will it replace welfare? If it does then our tax rate may be the same. Would it remove some initiaive from people to stay in school and work for money or be happy to coast? Do we really need CBC in this day and age? A full discussion is needed since the Internet and satelite can bring news and programs everywhere. I believe they could compete, but not on their own right away. With costs the way they are in our hospital system, some serious discussion needs to be done. As long… Read more »
PJ Robertson

Jamie: Keep doing what you are doing. Providing a public forum for reasonable and respectful discussion of the issues of the day. With this forum, you help to supply oxygen for our democracy, which is being regressively stifled by the Harper government. In plain terms, what is happening to the Canadian values of decency and fairness under Harper’s watch? And who is acting to defend them?


I agree 100% that a single universal guaranteed income program would be the most efficient way to go. Unfortunately, the “ruling class” will never allow that to be implemented for two reasons.
1: They need large numbers of people working for starvation wages in order to maximize profits.
2: They need the threat of homelessness to keep people in line and working longer and longer hours.


So, are you saying that the answer is to give large numbers of people starvation wages to do nothing?


Admin,(is that you Jamie?) are you suggesting that the ruling elite should give up some of their wealth in order to feed and house the less fortunate? You realize of course, that publicly stating radical ideas like that will put you in the sights of the RCMP and CSIS. Be careful my friend.

You should listen to Robert Fowler’s speach to the Liberal party at thier weekend thinkers’ conference. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberal-party-in-danger-of-losing-its-soul-ex-diplomat-says/article1515222/ You would have to listen to it yourself but what I got out of it is that all the parties are playing partisan politics and do not have a vision for all of Canada. That to me says that we only deserve a minority government until someone steps up to the plate and starts to consider what is best for Canada and Canadians as a whole and not what is best for their party. Until then I will continue to advocate for Rick… Read more »
I did see the speech Reg, and I thought he did a great job calling out all the parties on their many glaring weaknesses. Ignatieff seemed to agree with some of his criticisms, but it remains to be seen if he is capable of acting on any of it. To the issue at hand. I am an avid non voter, and have been all my life. Well, that’s not entirely true. I do vote municipally, I avoid both provincial and federal elections. Not out of apathy or ignorance, but out of disgust. I do believe in democracy, but in definition… Read more »

Politicians can say things that mean things that they don’t say. Ah you been voting Liberal. Like I will not raise taxes, then the HST , E-health almost 2 BBillion in vain, yet we have hospital lay offs. Jamie vote for the person speaking the truth then hold them to it. Looks like the Liberals will be held to it this time around. Their pre-election spending and hard working Jimmy Burnell will not be enough.

Jamie As I read your article I can see issues that are of the largest wrongs in Canada. People believe everything is their right. You asked for a government that treats health care as and I quote “protects Medicare and embraces it as the spirit of what makes us Canadian” Is health care unique to Canada? or is it just the fact it is free which makes it unique? Europe has been decades ahead of us on treating health issues for years. Here we visit a Dr get a prescription and or placebo. Maybe if we paid for it people… Read more »
There already exists a reasonable amount of money. However the amount is an opinion, unfortunately there is no pleasing anybody on that amount. Having what you want in medicare is why it is in bad shape now. What we seem to neglect is we are not the Dr yet we complain when they provide the service and expect more. I have been a diabetic for many years, I can share with you some true BS stories on drug companies. In short for many years they have been getting close to a cure….I should be able to pay my taxes the… Read more »
Roy Berger

If you’re willing to consider Mr. Fowler then perhaps you may consider these classified facts at;