Watched the first (english) debate last night. My take on it:
- Jack Layton seemed to think every one of his turns was a TV commercial. He’d end each one with “… and send a message by electing NDP MPs, a voice for change.” Yes, great, we got that message after about the 1,000th time.
- Duceppe had a very funny moment. The question was about gay marriage and Harper started off by saying he would reopen the issue for a free vote in parliament. Duceppe said “this issue is done, it’s had a free vote, let’s not revisit it.” I found this hilarious because even though we’ve had free votes on it he still wants more referendums on separation.
- None of the “opposition leaders” said anything except about the ad scandal, which personally I thought made Martin come off well. Martin was the only one talking about positive things and a positive vision. I can understand why they’re harping on it, mostly because Canada has done really well over the last decade.
So, did this influence me at all? To be honest the fact that the opposition parties talked only about the ad scandal made me care less about it. I do care, mildly, but I’m not going to let the other parties use it as a political tool.