None of the above

by Liz Dadson

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."