Canadians have been called to vote on October 19. It’s still early in this long race and the National Post has put together this nice electoral guide. It gives you a general sense of where each party stands. It’s great for people who don’t have the time to follow all the little intricacies of the campaign. I’m sure some stuff will change during the race and whoever wins the election won’t be able to keep all their promises or go through with their full agenda. Guide: Everything you need to know about the parties’ platforms, from taxes and terrorism to the environment
A quick read of the guide reveals that there’s a lot of cross-overs between the Liberals and the NDP’s platforms. There’s some slight differences but they generally stand together on a lot of stuff. Since Thomas Mulclair (former Liberal) took over the party after the late Jack Layton he has steer the party to the center-left with the goal of making more appealing to a wider voting base. The NDP and the Liberal should form a coalition since they are fighting for the same voting base and basically splitting the vote.
The other puzzling thing is they all promise to balance the budget. How? The NDP and the Liberals pledge not to raise taxes (well just on some people) and to increase spending on social programs. The Conservative can hardly balance it after all the cuts and shenanigans they pulled but the NDP will? Trudeau was on the radio to other day and he couldn’t answer the question on how he will balance it.
I’m not sure who I’m going to vote for at the moment. In political speak I fall in the “undecided” voter base. There’s a party in leaning towards but that can change. You have to earn my vote. Each party has their strengths and weaknesses. The Conservatives have a strong leader but he’s out of touch with the Canadians. Harper lacks transparency and seem to have steer the country in a direction that I don’t like. Being a “Canadian” met something and it took a beating under his reign. We loss some international goodwill value. He’s also the candidate that I trust the less. But the true is Harper has done much better than the media credit him for. He’s an easy person to attack. The Liberals have the “not ready” Trudeau but are the most balance party. They also have the most depth in terms of personal. If Trudeau wins at least he can count on building a well qualified team to run the country. Regarding the NDP, I like the work Mulclair has done and I think he will be a fine leader. However, I’m not too crazy about certain things on the party’s platform. But I can say the same thing about every party. A lot of stuff is simply there to win votes like “I will balance a budget but I don’t know how”. The NDP also lacks “qualified MPs”. If Mulclair froms a government, who he is going to work with? Most of the NDP’s MPs in Quebec are there by accident, thanks to the popularity of Jack Layton. They didn’t expect to win and a lot of them are a total joke. Half of the slate of NDP MPs are no way qualified to make decisions, I can’t imagine them run a country. Even though I like Gille Duceppe, the Bloc needs a massive turnaround to stay relevant. That’s a preview of the Canadian elections for you.
My predictions: Conservative Minority government or a NDP/Liberal coalition with Mulclair as Prime Minister and Trudeau with a senior cabinet position to get his hand dirty.