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.