1.Paul Martin Leader of Liberal Party of Canada, Prime Minister of Canada (100%)
2.Jack Layton Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (90%)
3.Gilles Duceppe Leader of the Bloc Quebecois (81%)
4.Stephen Harper Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (36%)
Dash sent me his results. I’m not terribly surprised by my results. I really do like Liberal policy. Here are some of the questions.
Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to initiate a federal ban on private for-profit provincial health clinics?
No. If the public system worked then the rise of private clinics wouldn’t be an issue.
I think the problem with health care is the provinces and instead of fixing the system they continually ask for more money. Paul Martin pulled money from the transfer payments in the mid nineties to balance the budget. I think the move had a terrible cost but it was necessary. Ever since the provinces have steadfastly refused to fix health care and just asked for more money instead. The money has been put back in to the system but change is still too slow. If a province wanted to experiment with private delivery of health care funded by the public system they should.
Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to reduce the Goods and Services Tax?
No. I’d much rather have an income tax cut. It is true that lowering the GST will save the poorest of the poor marginally more money because these people no longer pay tax. The purpose of the tax cut is not the help the poorest of the poor because they don’t pay a lot of tax. We have social programs for such things. It is the middle class that are in most need of a tax cut.
Thirty per cent of fuel costs in Canada stem from federal and provincial taxes and surcharges. Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to immediately reduce or maintain current federal tax levels on gasoline?
I’d raise gas taxes and put the money towards public transit. The only way we are going to meet our Kyoto obligations is to hit people and companies in the wallet to get them to change. We must change.
Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to create a national early child care program or deliver a monthly cheque of $100 per child under six to cover costs?
I’m with the Libs on this issue. The big problem is a lack of quality childcare spaces. $100 / month is substantial but it doesn’t help much if you can’t find a place to spend it. The child tax credit already helps families with kids.
Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to legislate mandatory minimum sentences for specified crimes?
No. Crime has gone down steadily for the last 13 years. The key to safe streats is addressing poverty, education, mental health, chemical addictions, abuse, marginalization, racism etc… People assume that criminals think rationally enough to consider the consequences of their actions. If you have decided to rob a bank are you really going to think, oooh, I better not because I’m sure to get 5 years in jail instead of 3. If someone has proven a perpetual danger to society they should be locked up longer to keep the community safe.
Do you want your Prime Minister and his or her political party to implement the international Kyoto Accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes. The Liberal record is dreadful. If the Cons came out with some substance on their plan for climate change I’d be willing to consider them but it will likely be more stuff like tax breaks for transit users. It is this issue that kills the Conservatives for me.