More and more, it is fastly becoming difficult to decide which party is good for me. Reason: “believability, or unbelievingly”.
To believe is to conceive, conceptualize, and or gestate how the leaders will hold true on the day after.
Martin promises the world on a plate to Canadians, from beefing up the military, health care improvements, and better day care. But can we believe him? Especially with the black cloud still hovering over him with the “Sponsorship Scandel“. He was the Finance Minister during this time period and it is difficult to swallow that Martin, a top member of the “Old Boys Club”, did not know any crocked dealings…not even one? Come on eh!
Happer talks from both sides of his face. Eight years ago, Harper praised “American conservative values, disparge[d] Canada as a “welfare state” and [said] the jobless aren’t worried because they have generous benefits, could provide fresh ammunition to his critics.” Today, during this election campaign, Harper has flip-flopped, as he has “attempted to distinguish himself from Bush Republicans since the election campaign began. Which Harper are we to believe? However, it must be noted that Harper does have a bag of goodie handouts, including getting rid of the GST, not supporting gay marriages, and helping seniors with a tax break on their private pension investments. Not bad, only if you can believe him.
Layton, the leader of the NDP says that “This election si an opportunity to settle the account between the citizens of Canada and the Liberaly Party…But after they’ve received what they deserve, what then?” Layton lays out his promises:
- Taking power out of the hands of lobbyists;
- Making key appointments on merit, not on political connections;
- Improving freedom-of-information legislation;
- Implementing strong whistleblower legislation;
- Making MPs accountable to their electors when the switch parties by having by-elections when changing parties;
- Improving accountability in financing leadership campaigns;
- Changing Canada’s federal electoral system to a mixed system combining constituency votes with proportional representation.
But, really, what the heck does Joe Blow give a howling hoot about the above rhetoric, we need real issues that the average citizen can grab and hang onto, a voting issue for the average person, not a list of stuff that is aimed towards the heads of unions and the heads of campaign fund raising; Jack, we need a list that affects the working person in Canada, and the working person who is not working.
Jack echoes the others, stating that “Quite simply, we committed to try and get something done in this Parliament for people.” What is that Jack, pray tell? Here he sounds as the others: “That’s what we’ve done. We proposed what we believe are tood ideas – on ehtics, the environment, pension protection, employment insurance.” Boy, Jack sure knows that the 10 million Canadian Baby Boomers are beginning to retire in mass, and he is on board the band wagon.
The bottom line, the Old Boy’s Club has certainly done its demographic homework, but I am still skeptical, more so than ever before. This is the first election whereby I am still undecided…I do hope I do not remain on the fence, especially in this extreme winter wonderland. Come boys, give me something I can grab, something I can really believe, and something that will make me stand up and scream my vote for your party.
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