Ok, I'm biased but I believe Paul


Ok, I’m biased but I believe Paul


For most of the campaign the Paul Martin that I liked has been missing.  In rallies he seemed agitated and even grumpy.  In the debate he seemed defensive at times.  He didn’t answer all questions in a straight forward manner.  Tonight on CBC I saw the Paul Martin I’ve missed.  He answered the questions well, even the tough ones.  Many of the ones he didn’t answer well in the debate.  He really showed the depth and the breadth of his knowledge. 

Essentially this election is about trust.  A lot of people assume that because Paul Martin was finance minister he must have known that people were stealing from the government.  I don’t buy that.  The government is huge, and the most common way for people to ensure you get value for money is a receipt.  So if corrupt officials are cooperating with corrupt companies it would be very difficult for people that look at budget lines to know if the money is being spent appropriately.  If Paul Martin could be implicated why would he launch a judicial inquiry with the widest scope possible to find out who was involved?  Why would he even admit there was a problem?  A corrupt politician would have swept this under the rug, but Paul Martin didn’t. 

That doesn’t mean Martin shouldn’t take responsibility for this.  I believe he has.  He has already implemented measures that will have someone in each department looking over each line of spending holding the departments to account.  Chretien already changed campaign finance rules so that corporations can’t win favour with big donations.  The Conservative plan to clean up government is to give more money to the auditor general, who in my opinion has done her job really well.  They also want the ethics counselor appointed by parliament.  I’m not sure how either of these things would improve the situation or more importantly prevent the problem from happening again. 

Who are we going to trust with our country?  The Liberal record is spotty on promises, but in the end they have managed the country very well.  In the big picture, in the way they handle the things that impact our lives they have made good choices even when they were difficult, even when they are unpopular.  In all my conversations with people I’ve yet to have someone give me a compelling reason to vote Conservative.  I’ve heard compelling reasons to vote against the Liberals.  I just don’t see a lot of Canadians clamouring for another deep tax cut and increased military spending.  These are not the things I care about.

  1. #1 by Darryl on June 24, 2004 - 6:12 am

    It’s funny, I’ve heard more reasons to vote against all the parties (including the Conservatives) than to vote for any party. You’ve said, “I’ve yet to have someone give me a compelling reason to vote Conservative.” I would echo that but apply that to the Liberals and the NDP as well. That’s sad.

  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on June 24, 2004 - 7:57 am

    Darryl:

    In my conversations with people I have heard some pretty good reasons to vote for the Liberals and the NDP.

    The NDP

    They are the only party that cares about people.

    They care most about education and tuition levels.

    They care the most about the environment.

    The Liberals

    Liberal foreign policy, including reducing/forgiving 3rd world debt reduction and addressing aids in Africa.

    7 straight balanced budgets – a record in history.

    Low interest rates

    Trade surpluses

    They lowered unemployment

    A thriving economy despite the US downturn

    They managed to reduce Canada’s debt by $50 billion.

    They kept Canada out of the war in Iraq.

    They dealt with Quebec separatism.

    Investment and innovation in green technology

    These are not their promises, this is their record. I have no idea why they aren’t campaigning on this.

  3. #3 by Darryl on June 24, 2004 - 6:58 pm

    I was driving in my car today listening to more attack ads by more of the parties. I hear more from Martin’s mouth about Harper than I do from Harper himself.

    I’m not saying that the parties don’t have platforms. I am saying that I hear more mudslinging than anything else. (There are reasons to vote Conservative by the way, along with the other parties. It’s not just a protest vote!)

  4. #4 by Mike on June 25, 2004 - 8:00 pm

    What to do… I don’t think I can trust Harper, but I know I can’t trust Martin. Too bad Layton’s talking about raising taxes.

  5. #5 by lylem on June 26, 2004 - 12:53 am

    Someone told me once that the government isn’t as important as we make it. In that person’s opinion, the government doesn’t shape a country, but it reflects it.

    I think about how Bush reflects so bad on America, that people are starting to not just hate the policy makers in the US, but the people of the US.

    I look at Harper and I hope. I mean I hope, that people realize what this person is about. Do you want Harper to represent this country? When people think about Canadians, do you want people to think of Stephen Harper? I hope not… If so, I just left in time.

    What really makes me mad, is that he wants to roll back Kyoto. He says that it does nothing and we should back out and worry about smog. Let’s be truthful here. Harper is going to back out of Kyoto, with a promise to fix smog. Kyoto is going to die because it didn’t have enough international support (Bush and Harper would be happy). Then Harper isn’t going to do anything about the smog. It will be a dropped promise, but some oil baron will be happy, while we choke on the Carbon Minoxide and smog.

    But, hey. We will have those Tax cuts! That extra 50$ a month meant I could get that big tv I wanted! Who hoo! My shallowness mortgaged any chance of a future for the next generation. But that is ok. I don’t have kids anyway. It’s not my problem to worry about.

  6. #6 by Leighton Tebay on June 26, 2004 - 10:54 am

    Mike:

    Why do you know you can’t trust Martin?

  7. #7 by Peter on June 26, 2004 - 5:27 pm

    Ah yes….religon and of course politics.

    Just for a little background about my political base. I was the chairman for the political action committee in the union I belong to. Of course, most unions support the NDP and as such, I had to be a member of the NDP.

    With that said, I have had many opportunities to participate in NDP conventions, where policies and platforms are decided by the membership. The NDP holds too many values to which I shudder at. Just to mention one, they want our education system to teach, or should I say promote, homosexuality.

    You asked the question “who are we going to trust with our country?”. May I suggest that we not trust liars, or theives, EVEN if you look at the big picture, as you put it.

    What else do you think Mr. Martin could have done in light of an election call. Do you really think he could have swept sponsor-gate under the rug? Don’t you think the media and his opponents would be all over it if he did?

    A honest polititian is like saying jumbo shrimp, kind of an oxy-moron. I would like to point out that if we elect the liberals for one more term, to sit in their padded seats, we are in for a lot more scandals. There needs to be a balance of power in our country. I

  8. #8 by Peter on June 26, 2004 - 5:35 pm

    oops, I clicked the button to enter by accident.

    cont’d…

    The choice is pretty clear to me that this time around we should elect a conservative government. Whatever the case, as with politics, and religon, I know that our God is in control. Glory to God!

  9. #9 by Jordon on June 26, 2004 - 9:16 pm

    Paul Martin was also on the Treasury Board and the sr. minister from Quebec so I don’t really believe him when he said he was totally shut out of the process.

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