Election coverage by me.
Well, there's going to be an election. Funny how that isn't news. Also, the liberals are doing well
in the polls. Also no news there... I'm looking for news. One place to start is surely at the Canadian Election News
site, which includes stats on the previous election, coverage of the current one, and links to all the parties
. I'm pleased to report that we still have a both a Marxist-Lenninist party
and a Communist party
in this country.
Martin's election platform is pretty clear cut
(and I'll go out on a limb here and say it'll work for him):
"You can have a country like Canada. You can have a country like the United States," said Martin, with his wife Sheila standing nearby.
Harper has hit back, saying:
"You know, in this country you can be Canadian without being a Liberal," Harper replied during a news conference.
And arguing that his his proposed 25-per-cent tax cut for middle-income earners is affordable and will not damage social programs. ... The tax measure would cost $6 billion when fully implemented after four years, Harper said.
The Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance Party (I'm willing to call them Conservatives, but I had to use the CRAP name at least once...):
Here's the Conservative Issues page
. There's very little noteworthy about it, other than the fact that there's so little information provided and the summary on each issue is just stupidly vague. Note that at this point at least there is nothing but the summary. I want information, not talking points. Anyway, these ones stand out to me:
The Conservative Party will fight for tax relief. We will work for lower and fairer taxes for hardworking Canadians and their families.
Definition of Marriage
The Conservative Party will fight to give a greater voice to Parliament. We will ensure that issues like marriage are decided by parliament, not the courts.
Canada’s Place in the World
The Conservative Party will fight for Canada’s national interest. We will stand with our allies and international bodies against terrorism and for the basic values of freedom and democracy.
The Conservative Party will fight for a clean environment. We will propose workable solutions to make Canada a world leader in clean air, clean water and clean land.
Canada – US Relations
The Conservative Party will fight for our primary producers in trade disputes. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the US when we can so that we can sit eyeball to eyeball when we must.
Here are some remarkably dull ads
for Stephen Harper. In fact, I think these ads might be very effective. The two words I immediately think of on seeing them are 'simple and honest'. Not that Stephen Harper seems honest - though he might seem a little simple. But the ads themselves are remarkably simple and honest. Good strategy. Boring - that's the way we like it in Canada.
So I'm bouncing around the Conservative website and I have yet to find an actual platform (aside from the little talking points excerpted from above). What I really want is some information on this $6 billion number and Harper's estimate that his tax cuts are affordable. Here's the campaign blog
- though there's nothing on it yet.
The Liberal Party of Canada
The website just feels more mature than the Conservative website. They have a documents page
which includes the government's most recent budget. It incldues a definition
of the word Grit. The website also feels kind of crowded. The Conservative site was streamlined and focussed on one thing: getting elected. The Liberal site seems like it's as much for party members wanting to check in and see if there's an upcoming party luncheon as much as its for curious voters. If anything, the page is probably short on the point form coverage. Who wants to read all these long discussions
? Is it the Liberals' intention to camoflage their actual policies in long-winded articles? We'll be coming back to review their actual positions on things. In the meantime, here's the new ad
with the choose us or choose US message.
The Green Party
Let's be clear: I will vote for the Green party in the upcoming election. If I can get out of this chair, I may even volunteer to do some work for them. In my riding, the Greens finished second in the last election - but there's still no contest against the PQ. This means I don't really have to think about whether or not I would support a Green government or not (I probably would) - I can vote with my conscience and my conscience says, "Vote Green - it gets them money
The Green Party's website feels hokey. It's a shame, but it does. For one thing, it's green and yellow - like the grass and the sun. For another, the platform page
has a quote from the Dalai Lama on it. I respect the Dalai Lama more than any Canadian politician, but it's hard not to look like you're about two steps removed from the Natural Law party when you're quoting him on the website. Plus, I've been having some trouble loading the page. The other parties do nationalism. The Greens have to learn to do it as well. Cosmopolitan nationalism is the hardest kind, so I understand the difficulty. One place to start would be throwing in some red and some Canadian flags. Another would be including quotes from Canadian thinkers rather than Tibetan ones.
Despite my aesthetic objections (which are important), the platform page is remarkably good. Unfortunately, the website shut down as I was preparing this post. So that is something else we will have to come back to later.