Over the next few weeks I’ll need to decide who to vote for here in Canada. The first thing I’ll note is that it’s a nice change from the US 2-party system. As an Ontarian I have 3 “official” choices, not counting smaller parties, which does make a big difference in the choice.
After zero real research I’ll outline my thoughts, and then update as I go with better data.
The conservative position in Canada has historically been against public health care, against gay marriage and in favour of following the US around on their sometimes violent attempts at new-age imperialism. I’m interested to see how they’ve tried to moderate their message now, since most Canadians are not in favour of any of those things.
Example: In todays CBC headline story Tories would bring back airborne troops the quote is “A Conservative government would boost Canada’s ability to project its values around the world with more military aircraft and a new airborne battalion, Leader Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.”
I firmly believe that it’s neither Canadas job nor moral right to “project our values.” This speaks to things much different than peacekeeping and sounds like rhetoric from the mouth of Bush.
Summary: if you could sum up the exact opposite of my political views, this would be it.
The Liberals seem decently close to my political leanings on the major issues. Obviously I’m put off by the ad scandal, but haven’t seen good evidence anyone major was involved. I don’t like Martin (I did like Chretien), but I think it’s better to vote for a party and not one person, except in extreme cases.
I’m looking forward to digging into their platform. They may be the closest to me of the major 3 parties, I don’t know yet. But, I’ve also always had this impression that the NDPs platform was “social programs at the expense of fiscal responsibility” (don’t know why I have that, it may be completely wrong). I did hear that Laytons position does include fiscal responsibility, so that’s encouraging.
At this point my decision seems like “Do I vote for the Liberals, even if I prefer another, to stop the Conservatives from getting into power?” I don’t like having to think that way, but we’ll see how my answer develops.