Canadians Are Timid Voters

timid Canadian voter

Election 2015: Canadians decided it was time for Stephen Harper to go. Unsurprisingly, two very familiar names shaped this election.
Q: What names?
A: ’Liberal’ and ’Trudeau’.
From my vantage of Canada’s politics, this was confirmation that Canadians are timid voters.

The movie that plays in my head suggests it went down like this: OK, let’s get rid of the Conservatives. Who will we replace them with? Presented with a choice between the devil you know and something better, Canadians chose the devil, the Liberal Party of Canada.

When I wrote ‘The Conservative Liberal Teeter Totter’, almost two years ago, I hoped to see a change in Canada’s very narrow political voting pattern. It has always been Liberals up, Conservatives down and vice versa. One hundred and fifty years of Liberal and Conservative governments have led to the near-total domination of Canada by multinational corporations. Both Liberal and Conservative back rooms, the guys behind the curtain, are controlled by multinational banks, insurance companies, corporations, Big Oil, billionaires and Bay Street. This control has led to massive wealth inequality. Despite Liberal promises to help our ‘middle class’ inequality will get much worse. Canadians are timid voters and cast their ballots like lemmings! Canadians looked at BILL C-51, the TPP, planned Liberal deficits and the Liberal Campaign Co-Chair scandal and they concluded “Oh, well, I’m OK as long as I don’t have to try something new. The NDP is new. That would be scary.” Voters missed an opportunity to create the Canada of our dreams. Tom Mulcair would have been an exceptional Prime Minister.

I’m delighted that Stephen Harper has been minimized! Thank you Canada.

Congratulations to Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada. I wish you well and I’ll be delighted if you prove me wrong.

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and Truth Serum

Parliament buildings Ottawa

Canada Election 2015: What would happen if you combined Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and truth serum?

Let’s take the ‘job interview’ TV ad a step further. Picture this: The three, major-political-party candidates, for the office of Prime Minister, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau receive truth serum before they’re asked, “Why are you running, who do you want to help? How will you win? Here’s how I imagine their ‘truthful’ answers would play out:

  1. Stephen Harper – My earnestly-held ideology has compelled me to toil on behalf of Big Oil, major corporations and rich, caucasian Christians. My tactic is fear.
  2. Justin Trudeau – I want to prove that I can live up to my father’s name; I guess you could say, I’m running for myself. My tactics change frequently, I follow the lead of my advisors.
  3. Tom Mulcair – We’re in this together, I will serve all Canadians. Together, we will create the Canada of our dreams! My strategy is experience, educated-common sense and compassion.

Who will you vote for?

Who Should I Vote For?

Are you asking yourself, "Who should I vote for?” Some people enjoy digging into the candidate’s and political party’s details, others, not so much. For those of you who are not information junkies, I offer this straightforward Election 2015 overview.

The Conservative's 'Protect Our Economy' slogan was created to mislead us. The Conservatives are hoping you haven’t noticed Stephen Harper’s lost decade of six straight budget deficits, two recessions and more than $125 billion added to Canada’s national debt. That plus, the Harper Government has badly damaged Canada’s international reputation.

The Liberal’s 'Real Change' is another misleading slogan. After decoding, their slogan reads Chrétien, Martin and Trudeau Junior. Repackaged ideas from all too familiar Liberal names. When I saw Chrétien and Martin, I flashed back to the $100 million, Sponsorship Scandal. That plus, Justin Trudeau is the least qualified Liberal leader in my lifetime.

Clearly, after 148 years of Conservative and Liberal corporation-focused BS, the time has arrived for actual CHANGE. The Canadian people deserve better governance. The NDP has always had the best ideas and today, they’re electable.

The NDP’s ‘Change that’s ready’ slogan is perfect. Tom Mulcair is an impressive leader. He’s ready. The NDP has wonderful MP candidates. They’re ready. When they’re elected, they will become a motivated team, that is ready to serve us and govern. Working together, we will create the Canada of our dreams.

Change that’s ready.

For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the NDP. Millions of our fellow Canadians will do the same. Join us!

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Liberal to NDP

Liberal to NDP - Justin Trudeau boxing

I was recently asked,
Q: “Why did you switch from Liberal to NDP”?
A: Justin Trudeau, the least qualified Liberal leader in my lifetime, is hoping to buy your vote. Here’s the twist, he wants to use your credit card to fund his promises. Our current national debt, per citizen, is about $30,000 and Canadians pay over $800 interest, every second. Justin knows we can’t afford his planned multi-billion dollar deficits, but he lusts for the office his father once held. This election, priority #1 is to defeat and remove Stephen Harper. Historically, when Canadians tire of the Conservatives, we turn to the Liberals. Paraphrasing Peter C. Newman, “the Liberals have chosen to follow a name, instead of a leader”.

the Liberals have chosen to follow a name,
instead of a leader

For the first time in my life, I’ll be voting NDP, not Liberal. The NDP have:

Join me, vote NDP, together, we can build the Canada of our dreams.

Background: The best political move I ever made was Liberal to NDP. My wife’s uncle was President of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) for two terms (PET era) and a Liberal Senator. My parents were members of the LPC. My wife and I have always voted Liberal. When the Liberals selected Justin Trudeau as their new leader, we said, “That’s it, we’re finally done”.

The Conservative Liberal Teeter-Totter

Conservative Liberal teeter-totter

Bluntly, it’s time for Canadians to get off of the Conservative Liberal teeter-totter. There’s a better ride.

Canada’s federal politics have always been predictable. Voters alternate between The Liberal Party of Canada and The Conservative Party of Canada. When one party is up, the other is down, thus, the teeter-totter analogy. Get tired of one, elect the other. Many would argue that this habitual behaviour has worked well for our nation. I agree, it once did. Two parties satisfied the majority of us for well over one hundred years, but there’s a snag going forward. Have you noticed that Canada is moving to the political right? Today, both the Liberals and the Conservatives lean right. The direct result is that corporations and the rich have benefited while the vast majority of Canadians are being left behind. The ‘First Law of Holes’ states, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” If there was ever a time for real change, this is it. Swapping Liberals for Conservatives won’t cut it.

Recent Canadian political leadership polls hint that Stephen Harper’s support is in decline and that Justin Trudeau’s stock is rising. I’ve written about Justin before, but this time I’m asking, “Why should we consider voting for The Liberal Party of Canada and specifically, is Justin Trudeau likely to get us out of the mess we’re in?”

Why are the Liberals currently leading in the polls? The two most obvious reasons are:

  1. Canadians are embarrassed by the Harper Government
  2. Canadian voters remember the ‘Trudeau’ name.

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to understand our collective embarrassment, the last eight years have created a Canada I barely recognize. Regarding reason number two, I have fond memories of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, but, stating the obvious, Justin is not his father. So, what does Justin have going for him?

  • he’s a Liberal
  • the Conservatives are falling out of favour
  • the ‘Trudeau’ name
  • he’s fluently bilingual
  • he’s young and has a nice looking family
  • he has “great hair”.

What goes against him? From my vantage, Justin, a son of privilege, is unqualified, but his biggest problem is that he’s leading a political party that looks more and more like the Conservatives with every passing year. The Liberal mantra is “fiscally conservative and socially responsible”, but Trudeau’s party has become overly corporation-friendly hoping to solicit funding and the Liberals appear to have forgotten their social responsibility pledge.

If not Justin Trudeau, who? Isn’t there an even better alternative to Stephen Harper? Absolutely, yes there is. It’s the current Leader of the Opposition. Unlike Justin, Tom Mulcair, is ready to lead. With our support, the New Democratic Party of Canada can get rid of the Conservative majority and work toward:

  • making life more affordable
  • reducing household debt
  • lowering credit card interest rates
  • capping ATM fees
  • getting rid of The Senate
  • ending the muzzling of our climate scientists
  • protecting our fresh water and our coastlines
  • making Big Oil work for us
  • ending gas-price gouging
  • reducing greenhouse gases.

Canada is very fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources, but multinational corporations, including Big Oil are taking home almost all of the money. That’s not right. It’s time that someone stood up for Canadian families. Tom Mulcair and the NDP will stand up for us.

Somewhat ironically, the best way to create ‘Jobs and Prosperity’ is to get rid of the Harper Conservatives. Hopeful Canadians can make a difference in 2015.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

Justin Trudeau photo

Seriously, are the Grits really encouraging Justin Trudeau to run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada? Justin’s last-name recognition is certainly a plus for the Liberals and it would definitely draw attention to their leadership race and convention, but…

Q: So, what’s the problem?
A: Becoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau simply isn’t plausible in this decade.

I hope Justin doesn’t get sucked in by the attention they’re paying to him; it’s pretty obvious the Liberals are just hoping to use the “Trudeau” name to garner media attention. That said, there’s a chance that becoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be possible later, when he has further developed his resumé and if the Liberals are able to regain a little credibility in Quebec and Ontario.

I was a University of Ottawa medical student assigned to the Ottawa Civic Hospital’s maternity suite when Dr. Manuel (Manny) Gluck delivered Justin. I was an early supporter of Justin’s dad. I’ve always voted Liberal. I was moved by the eulogy Justin gave at his father’s funeral. Hey, I was even amused when he won his boxing match. That said, I don’t believe he’s ready to be the Liberal leader and he’s certainly not ready to be the Prime Minister of Canada.

My suspicion is that Stephen Harper and the press would love to orchestrate a showdown between Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. The media would generate the attention they crave and need. The Harper Government would cruise to another majority.

Q: How could Justin Trudeau increase his leadership credentials?
A: Unlike his Liberal colleagues, Justin could extend a statesman’s hand to Tom Mulcair and the NDP. It’s way past time someone in the Liberal Party seriously considered Jean Chrétien’s suggestion that the Liberals and the NDP begin working more closely. Bringing the Liberals and the NDP together and then defeating the Harper Government would be a very impressive leadership coup and, most significantly, it would be a wonderful gift, the majority of Canadians would long remember.

After the Harper Government is defeated in the next election, Justin’s era will begin. At that time, reading the words Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won’t be nearly as unlikely as it is today.

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