Another election is upon us

Another election is upon us

Just over a year and a half ago I volunteered to help the Liberals.  This time around I haven’t volunteered.  At least not yet.  Paul Martin hasn’t shaped up to be the prime minister I expected.  It doesn’t have much to do with the sponsorship scandal.  I take the Gomery report at face value when he says Paul Martin didn’t know anything about it.  I know a lot of people who think that he must have known where the money was going but I maintain that the guy who sees lines in a budget is not going to be the one double checking the receipts. 

I’m more saddened by the lack of vision.  The desperate criss crossing of the country to announce new spending in order to buy votes is demeaning.  It says that the Liberal party isn’t confident enough in its people or policy to win an election.  It smacks of desperation of the worst order.  They seem to be too busy trying to win to run to move the country forward.

That being said the Liberals still lead in the polls because the Conservatives haven’t put forth a tangible alternative vision.  Their leader is about as likable as a cold dead fish and I’m tired of hearing about Liberal waste, mismanagement and corruption.  If you want to be my prime minister let me know how you want to run the country.

I don’t know why Jack Layton suffers from all the distrust directed at politicians.  I thought he tried to take the high road on many occasions and he never seems to get enough credit for it.  I use to be a die hard dipper but I just can’t stomach their policy anymore. 

Who I want to win and who I vote for may be different.  Harper could knock my socks of with the most energetic campaign in Canadian history and I’d still vote against my current conservative MP. 

  1. #1 by scotty on November 29, 2005 - 5:55 pm

    I’m so discouraged with politics right now I don’t even know if I’ll vote (which would be a first). Is disliking Harper going to be my only motivation in voting? Who knows…although then I would be like thousands of others who don’t vote based on policy but on emotion.

  2. #2 by James Wanless on December 2, 2005 - 3:38 pm

    I think you’ve hit the nail pretty squarely. Though I would say, while I like Layton personally, he just doesn’t have the ethical stance I think we need in the NDP.

    Over the last election or two at all levels, I’ve begun to move to Green. They’re not nearly as one demensional as the media often portrays them, and the only chance for any real change.

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