It's unfortunate that Huron-Bruce MP Paul Steckle (Liberal) decided to
retire this year. Many voters in this riding didn't much care about his
political stripe but they admired his strength in standing behind what
his constituents believed, so they voted for him.
In the wake of his retirement, six candidates have put their names
forward but you'd be hard-pressed to really care about any of them.
The problem is, if you dispense with the local scene and focus on the
national party leaders, it's even worse.
Prime minister Stephen Harper wants to stay the course which is inching
us closer and closer to the brink of economic disaster.
Liberal leader Stephane Dion would have us spend, spend, spend on
policies and programs which just puts the country into a major deficit
situation from which we pulled ourselves out of over the past few years.
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton would have us tax the big
businesses and give the money to the average families.
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Does he not realize that it's the big businesses that
employ the parents of these very families he wants to help? If business
is hit with big tax increases, it will hire fewer people, meaning more
unemployment in this country.
Then there's Green Party leader Elizabeth May who is a party of one. She
has a lot of prospective policies and theories but does she honestly
expect to be taken seriously when she only has one seat (almost by
default) in the House of Commons? It's easy to criticize those in
government when you know you'll never have to form the government or be
part of the opposition.
And finally Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc Quebecois. If ever there was a
non-party, this is it. Only in Canada would we allow a group bent on
destroying the country - a group that serves only one sector of the
country (Quebec) and nowhere else - to have "party" status. In any other
country in the world, they would be arrested for treason.
Despite all the haggling about national policies and whose platform or
plan is better, most of the electorate might just consider voting for
"None of the above."