So I’m still undecided on who to vote for on May 2 in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election…EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – April 24, 2011

So I’m still undecided on who to vote for on May 2 in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election…EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – April 24, 2011

Cornwall ON – So it’s one week to show time for Canada and all of our futures.    It’s been the most anti-climactic and non-focused election I’ve lived through to date.

The Harper game plan is like a Jacques Martin hockey plan; get a lead and hide and hold onto it.  I can’t argue that, but it certainly doesn’t inspire me.

I have to be honest; I can’t imagine voting for Mr. Harper so I won’t fake it.  I voted for Mr. Mulroney.  It was the first time I was of age to vote in an election, but that was the last time I voted Conservative so far.

My problem is that I am not sure if there’s any other party I can vote for at this time?    I’m officially still a free agent.

I’ve dabbled in Green; used to be proud Liberal, and have never voted Orange.   I see many merits in all of the platforms; even a few of the Conservative points.

Personally I think the problem is the system.  While I originally didn’t support proportional representation I’m more open to that now.

What matters to me as a voter  most is Medicare.    Well the NDP, Greens, and Liberals all have said some positive thing on that subject; ranked in that order.

A guaranteed minimum income for Canadians?  So far I only see that with the Greens.    Balancing the system and maybe, just maybe blocking those loop holes that send billions of our Canadian dollars off shore while Rich people and large corporations complain about minimum wage or other income supports?   Well I would have to nod to the NDP.

Leadership and the ability to govern?  Well that would still probably go to the Liberals.

It’s been an interesting campaign to date.  While the Liberals have had a bit of a push the NDP seem to be eating up the headlines and media buzz this holiday weekend with the Quebec Surge becoming a reality.  Kudos to Thomas Mulcair for that one btw.  We had Mr. Mulcair on Seawayradio.com as early as a year ago talking about the reality that Quebecers could have an option besides the hated Liberals and Conservatives, which the Bloc essentially are; Conservatives masked as Soverignists….

Can you see how bewildering this can get?   Leaders?  Well as much as I dislike what Mr. Harper stands for I give him full credit for execution; not only of Canada, but of his ideas and game plan.   Mr. Ignatieff I don’t have much time for.   I felt he was a poor choice for the party and was totally discombobulated by his refusal to be interviewed by The Cornwall Free News.   I still have to give the party a full nod for running a very strong campaign.   Mr. Harper has refused to be interviewed by us also, but I can understand that one a bit more than Mr. Ignatieff??

I really do like Mr. Layton.    I was chatting with a very loyal Conservative and both of us couldn’t think if anything really bad that Jack would do to Canada if election PM?   Mr Layton also had the courtesy to grant a phone interview when this paper was starting out; same with Ms May and I’ll always appreciate that courtesy.  We’ve grown a lot since then as a media outlet.  I’ve always felt that if you treat people with courtesy and respect they usually will respond with the same.  Those that don’t, well…..

Which brings me to my main dilemma; one which has I believe, been one of Mr. Harper’s strategies which is to have the left split and run up the middle like John Riggins in the 80’s for the Washington Redskins, and get his majority.

And this scary scenario seems to be playing out.   Canada is playing chicken with a Harper majority.

Locally I’m not that enamored with the performances of the Candidates.  Yes, Wyatt Walsh of the Greens has sucked the oxygen out of the rooms during the debates, but he seems more like a second Conservative candidate than an actual Green?   He certainly sounds more Conservative than Mr. Lauzon has.

Mr. Lauzon has been exposed in the debates, but have enough people noticed?   For Bernadette Clement to take Mr. Lauzon’s seat some major magic has to happen in SD&SG this week.   I’m not sure if she has a big enough magic wand or enough time?

Looking around Canada I see Thomas Mulcair holding onto Outremont.  I see Elizabeth May winning her riding which means the Consortium will have to find a new and creative reason to hold her out of the debates next time around.

So I think it comes down to me being open and undecided.  Convince me Canada.  Convince me Candidates.   I was at the NDP rally at the Olympia theatre in Gilles Duceppe’s riding this weekend and it gave me hope.

As an escapee from Quebec it was amazing to see so many young people politically active.     It was great to not see speakers booed if they mixed in some English with their French.   Mostly it was amazing to see focus and hope.  The music was great too.

I’m hoping for a minority government.  I really am and I have great hope for the possibilities to get things moving forward for our country.    A Conservative minority would probably spell the end for Mr. Harper and I can handle that.   The Conservatives have better candidates to replace him; some of whom might actually work with the other parties and not be held in Contempt.

It’s going to be an interesting week to be working in the media.

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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41 Comments on "So I’m still undecided on who to vote for on May 2 in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election…EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – April 24, 2011"

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Diane Marshall
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A vote for the NDP is a vote for NO SPP and no NAU, a vote for NO Canadian fresh water being diverted to the U.S. A vote for our sovereignty back. For two years now the NDP has been fighting the Harper government trying to stop the SPP and NAU! (Paul Martin got the SPP in action). It’s also a vote for safe food and keeping our food clean. The Harper government has tried to lower our standards of food to the U.S. standards as far as GM food goes. If the SPP and NAU go through we loose… Read more »
Furtz
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As much as I’d love to see the NDP form the Official Opposition, I fear that every vote for the NDP makes a Harper majority more likely….and that possibility makes my blood run cold. The Libs don’t deserve to do well. As Layton said in the English debate, Ignatieff has been Harper’s best friend for the last two and a half years. Unfortunately, the only hope we have to prevent a Harper majority is a strong turnout for the Libs. Sad, really.

Furtz
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It’s true in any riding where there is a close Lib/Con race, and that’s a lot of them. I agree that in ridings where the NDs have a chance, by all means, go for it. As a life-long Dipper, it pains me to say it, but that’s the reality with our asinine FPP system.

Furtz
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I’m all for preventing a Harper majority. Unfortunately, in most ridings, it means holding your nose and voting Liberal. The trick is to vote for whoever has the best chance at defeating the Con, riding by riding. I’m hoping that this strategic voting idea takes off and works.

Diane Marshall
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It is a waiting game this week. As the NDP are growing in popularity, who knows.

Furtz
Member

I hear that the turnout at the advance polls this weekend has been huge. This is a good sign that voters are engaged, and not happy with the current government. Oh, the suspense!!!

PJ Robertson
Member

Given the current voting system, Furtz and admin have my vote for the best way to neutralize a Harper dictatorship.

Mike Bedard
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Sorry to say it but I am a Conservative and even though I am not a huge Lauzon/Harper fan………I can not loath the fact that we could have Iggy as our leader! He is completely unreliable…gone to the US, absent from parliament more than any other party leader and the fear monger is trying to convince everyone that raising corporate taxes will help our country or small businesses…….please! P.S. – Do think the HST is helping our community it is supposedly saving my business thousands of dollars and I was told my costs and many other retail goods prices would… Read more »
Furtz
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Those thirty-odd months of Harper’s pre-election attack ads really did work on a lot of voters.

left-or-right
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Your right there Furtz, I have read many articles written by reliable journalists, pollsters, and scholars that state emphatically that for a huge percentage of Canadians the only political opinion they form is from attack ads. I believe those opinions to be true. and as we all know the CONservatives spent untold millions of dollars assassinating Stephane Dion’s and then Michael Ignatieff’s characters continuously pre-election. The CONservations spend ridiculous amounts of money both their own and that of the Canadian taxpayers on negative opposition or self supporting spin, whether it be attack ads,Action Plan Propaganda, or Guy Lauzon type fliers,… Read more »
Furtz
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Re attack ads… Someone once said that the intelligence of the masses cannot be underestimated. I honestly believe that the last sixty years of television has reduced our ability to think.

smee
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Considering the Liberals and NDP are willing to spend, money they should first tell us where they will get the revenue. It sounds like a win situation right up until someone needs to pay the bills There are claims it will come from corporate tax dollars, It is a good idea however would that not expedite the companies leaving for less taxes elsewhere, followed by layoffs, increased money needed to pay for the people not working and not paying taxes? It is a vicious circle but a pretty obvious decision. One party held us through most of this recession and… Read more »
left-or-right
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Spin it however you wish smee, but previous corporate tax cuts have not led to jobs. However they have led to higher bonuses for rich executives and increased cash reserves for the large corporations. see: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/corporate-tax-rates-effect-on-business-investment/article1972513/ or http://www.operationmaple.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59%3Acoporate-tax-cuts-jobs&catid=3%3Aholy-sht-facts&Itemid=6 As per the leading us through the recession, don’t forget the bank system that weathered the storm was created by Paul Martin and the Liberals and it was Harper’s Love Boat of spending that sailed through a $13 billion surplus straight onto a $60 billion Gilligan’s Island of debt. Now he want’s to give even more back to his buddies at the… Read more »
PJ Robertson
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This one is for Mike Bedard: You say you are Conservative. What kind—Progressive or Reformist? If Progressive, you are much closer to the Liberals than to the Harper crowd. You allude to fearmongering. Who are the real fearmongers among the parties scaring voters with their tough-on-crime/build-mega-prisons platform, when statistics show that crime rates are dropping? You refer to raising corporate taxes as a Liberal fearmongering tactic. Check with accredited economists and you will find that lowering corporate taxes (Harper’s plan) affects wages, does not create jobs, enriches CEOs and helps to pay down the US deficit (Source–Armine Yalnizyan in the… Read more »
PJ Robertson
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Besides, Mike, Bernadette has an excellent record as both lawyer and Cornwall City Councillor. She listens and delivers.

In contrast, what has Lauzon done apart from clapping hands in Question Period, obstructing parliamentary committees, shameless photo-ops, and stuffing our mail-boxes with junk mail?

Furtz
Member

@PJR I agree with just about all you say, but there is a problem with the Libs right now. As Layton said, Ignatieff has been Harper’s best friend for the last two and a half years. The NDP has been the only real opposition for quite a while now. I held my nose and voted Liberal at the advance poll, not because they deserve my vote, but to help prevent a Harper majority. Sad, really.

smee
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left-or-right Statistics and namely stats Canada could use a little update on the information. Take a quick look and you will see just how anyone can manipulate stats, I wonder what the sample deviation was in this case. I agree the bank system in place, proir to Martin I might add is what aided us quite a bit. However I can assure you had it been the liberals they system would have been altered to do what they do best..spend The Jets are not for an other five years as the existing jets reach their life span. However if you… Read more »
PJ Robertson
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Furtz, you make an excellent point. Like you, I am persuaded that preventing a Harper majority is every decent democracy-loving Canadian’s duty. Sad, perhaps, but essential.

left-or-right
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@smee you use the typical CONservative smoke screens lines, deny and deflect…. Of course many credible journalists and leading economists are just wrong when they reveal the fact that lowering the corporate tax rates have not created jobs but instead corporate wealth ($86 billion in corporate cash reserves since lowering corporate taxes began)…Why?…because the CONservatives say so. Of course the Liberals would have altered the sound recession proof banking system they had diligently created and which also handed the “Harper Government” a $13 billion surplus which was completely squandered buying votes even before the recession, which Jim Flaherty denied was… Read more »
Furtz
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“Wasn’t Flaherty the finance minister who left Ontario in a multibillion dollar deficit, after actually announcing his party had created a surplus?” Bingo!! That’s why we now have legislation in Ontario that requires a full audit of the books prior to our provincial elections. The fact that Flaherty lied through his teeth about this phony surplus never seems to be mentioned.

Cornwall Harry
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left-or-right, pardon me if I don’t believe you just because you say so….the sub purchased from England that caught fire in mid-Atlantic did have but ONE fatality. It was a certain Lieutenant that died of smoke-inhalation….I remember that.

Garfield
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@L-or-R In print and online I have read numerous articles that refute the opinion of the ‘Operation Maple’ link you provided. A few moments reading a few articles and it is readily obvious Operation Maple is with a leftist bias entrenched as that of the CBC. Enclosed is a opposite viewpoint by a source a little less bias but also in opposite direction… http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/04/25/jack-mintz-the-campaign%E2%80%99s-top-corporate-tax-myths/ You talk of big corporations and executives with bonuses, however many and I would venture to say most corporations are small business and not large corporations. I myself remember a few years ago paying a 22%… Read more »
left-or-right
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I apologize, Stan… the original article I pulled my information from what was a first news report of the incident and it had stated a number of casualties on board with no fatalities, however upon further investigation I found in a follow up report that an officer indeed did succumb to smoke inhalation later while being transported to a hospital in Ireland via helicopter so I stand corrected, thank you, I never meant to mislead. However, I stand by the rest of my opinions, believing them to be credible. Congratulations Garfield, you are one of the fortunate small businesses to… Read more »
Garfield
Guest
@Left-or-Right Your reply has me chuckling… not in a factitious way, but rather in appreciation of your logic and insight. I thought I was smart in having further posts, links, rebuttals in reserve however you are correct, the day could be spent refuting only to have at days end each of us believing what we believe. Perhaps sounds contradictory but just want to say there are some sectors of the economy where I see obscene profits that seem not to be adding to the economy such as the banks and insurance companies. If their mega profits are the result of… Read more »
Grimalot
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Some posters here remind me of this little clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IsmICH1YK0

Furtz
Member

Yes Grimmie. We have to assume that everything we post is being monitored.

left-or-right
Member

lol @ Grimalot and Furtz …. should some of us keep one eye on our ‘puter screen and the other out the window?

left-or-right
Member

We are on the same page in many ways Garfield…not all corporations deserve tax breaks, but some, such as yours and other down home truly Canadian mom and pop companies, deserve far more. No grey are there my friend!

left-or-right
Member

Sorry IThat’s grey area…I suffer from FKS “Fumble Key Syndrome”…lol

Furtz
Member

@left-or-right…Even Rita MacNeil had a file on her because of some of the songs she sang.
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. 🙂

smee
Member

@left-or-right says:
unbelievable and uninformed….why because you says so in yor post

left-or-right
Member
@smee….I doubt I can be accused of being uninformed, however I have freely admitted to making an error. I failed to do a thorough search on an incident which occurred on October 6, 2004, and I have apologized for my mistake. I don’t believe that these forums serve anyone if rather than debate each others point of views, in some cases passionately, we lower ourselves to personal attacks. As far as uninformed was it you who posted, “Wasn’t it Martin who bought the submarines for our navy from the UK. You must remember the sub that sank on the way… Read more »
Furtz
Member

Smee does row his boat in circles at times.

willie191
Guest

left-or-right and Garfield, you both are a treat to read. You are both well informed and gentleman. I look forward to read more from both of you in the future.

left-or-right
Member

gee whiz willie…now I’m blushing……lol…thanks for the compliment

Hmm
Guest
( Disclaimer in the failed Canadian Education system someone along the way forgot to teach me grammar, sentence structure, and all that other useful English stuff. Hope to teach it to myself some day….. I can remember hearing my grandma’s voice when I was a kid always correcting the way I spoke.) It’s laughable really, I would rather have Queen Elizabeth The II running this country, the good old days when Monarchy Ruled over all Corporations kissed ass to be given permission. At least then I knew who I had to run at with a pitch fork. Now a Government… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Guest
Left to Right, I love your enthusiasm but stay respectful! Your comments ring of the same disrespectful attitude that just killed the “Liberals”! Just because people don’t agree with you does not make them less intelligent than you! I disagree with many but still hold the utmost respect for them! You can not enforce your will and this historic low for the LIBERALS only reflects it’s leader and my earlier comments were obviously shared! ……………………….Anyone is BETTER than Ignatief! I am proud to have been one of very few outted Conservatives on this wonderful site: THE CORNWALL FREE NEWS! Good… Read more »
Cornwall Harry
Member

AMEN.