Why are the Conservatives Ahead?
The Conservatives have tried fear-mongering, playing to an idea that any other party doesn't have any international/foreign affairs experience. Ahem, this is Canada. We don't particularly have a requirement for serious foreign affairs expertise. We can't bully any one around, we generally follow suit with our southern neighbours (sometimes to our detriment). This should be a non-issue.
The Conservatives have tried to push us into believing that only they could assist with the Canadian Economy, yet everywhere we look, their actions aren't instilling a level of confidence in their economic prowess.
Status quo just isn't a good election promise. Not anymore.
There seems to be such a strong anti-Harper movement afoot, but for some reason, it's not translating into results in the polls. Facebook's got an *anyone-but-Harper* group.
Issues and platforms seem to be getting lost in the final days before the election.
- Conservatives to keep Canada involved until 2011.
- Liberals don't specify an end date.
- NDP wants to shift the military out now.
- The Greens say 2009 is the end date for participation.
I don't think anyone really knew until this week that the Canadian cost of Afghanistan would exceed $18B.
You can do a lot for $18,000,000,000. Just look at all those zeros. $1500 per Canadian family. Every family.
- Conservatives go back on their word to have a no-bailout policy, provide $80M to a closing Windsor auto plant.
- Gee, not even a Canadian owned manufacturer. Where was the money for Nortel?
- Liberals will create a $1B fund to help adopt green technologies. This is a step in the right direction. Perhaps more green initiatives (i.e. solar farms) will finally get recognition and support.
- The NDP will cancel corporate tax cuts. It's a nice change from the Bush-onomics that Harper has supported for the past 2 years.
- The Greens follow a similar plan to the Liberals, with an emphasis on carbon taxes, without saying the words *carbon tax* in the same sentence.
Where are you going to place your vote? Who are you going to trust? Will it be one seemingly insignificant facet that decides for you?