Who votes? Who doesn't? Why or why not?
Any political opinions your willing to share/discuss?
Here are the links for the liberal and conservative platforms from their websites:
Liberal (full): http://cdn.liberal.ca/files/2011/04/...l_platform.pdf
Conservative (unfortunately they don't have a summary version): http://www.conservative.ca/media/Con...rm2011_ENs.pdf
I have actually never voted before, but I intend to vote this time around because I really do think it's important to vote. The only reason I never voted before is because I never felt educated enough to make a reasonable decision, so I am trying to do what I can to learn about current going-ons and what the different political parties are wanting to do.
One of the most challenging things that I am finding is that a lot of the information out there seems very biased which is frustrating because I would prefer black and white answers such as "here is the issue this is what so-and-so proposes we do". Also there is always the challenge of conflicting interests as well so we kind of have to prioritize which issues are more important for us to support, which of course is an issue in any democracy. I try not to look at it as being "liberal" or "conservative" but which priorities match the ones that will affect ME in the most positive way.. if that makes sense?
Being from Alberta the big thing to do is just vote conservative because that's what we've always done, but I don't want to be one of those young voters who just shows up and goes with the status quo because that's what my parents do - I want to make an educated decision for myself. (Otherwise what right do I have to complain, right?)
What things do consider when your placing your vote?
I always do vote, because I think that you have no right to complain about the government if you don't!
I really don't care for any of the "big 3" parties, I feel that they've all let us down in one way or another in the past. I usually vote for the Green Party. They never ever get in, but at least I agree with their platform.
I'm not a hippy-dippy environmentalist or anything, I don't drive an electric car and use solar power to run my home, but I do think that our environment is a resource that needs to be carefully managed.
I really would like to see a party that reduces the amount of money they are being paid(like that will EVER happen!). I'd like to see some serious changes in our health care system- more doctors, more nurses, faster turnaround times for needed procedures. DH was told 8 months to get an MRI on his shoulder. Luckily he got on the cancellation list and was in in 11 days. I don't live in a rural area, but doctors leave there because they don't want the workload, they can make more money elsewhere, and the area is left to do without.
I'm saddened to see again that the Green Party is left out of the national debates, I can't understand why the Bloc is involved, but they aren't a national party. (Not slamming the Bloc, just sayin')
We also have enough problems at our provincial level- having just gotten a new premier. We will probably be going to the polls at this level at some point in the near future. So many scandals, it's hard to keep track.
It's nice that Liberals are offering you a break for taking care of ill relatives, but what about the families that decide to have a parent stay home to raise their kids? So I get the $100 daycare benefit. So what? You tax me on it. If I don't use it for daycare(and therefore get a tax break) it shouldn't be counted as income. Whatever. I don't think it should be counted as income no matter what.
Sorry, now I'm just rambling.
I don't plan to vote but if I were to, I'd support the conservatives... I have ZERO faith or confidence in Layton or Ignatieff... I have more confidence in Harper, so he is, for me, the lesser of the political evils :) Pretty sure though locally we'll be stuck with the Liberals again... both our MP and MPP are Liberal currently... and both stink but there just hasn't been a decent or strong enough Conservative candidate to beat them (though provincially we have a VERY good chance of booting our Liberal MPP with the new Tory candidate this Fall I think).
I am chuckling over the moving of the French leadership debate so as not to conflict with the Canadiens/Bruins hockey game though... only in Canada would hockey outrank politics!! :ROFL: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...e=election2011
Originally Posted by buildingthedream
Exactly. I do vote all the time.
I always vote. I think maybe once I wasn't able to. I'm completely apathetic when it comes to politics, all their antics and childishness really annoys me, but I love watching election returns and rooting for whoever I voted for. :)
I'm with Marla on the Layton front. He really annoys me...and his wife--don't even get me started on her.
For voting DH doesn't like our one candidate, he has somehow met him--his ex-roommate used to be involved in politics so I guess that's how--so we really only have one choice. :) He also really likes the other guy since he chatted with him when he came to the door last election so that's good.
More the reason for you to vote!!! Think about how low our voter turnout is - what if the entire 60% of your local population who isn't voting is thinking the same as you? That would easily mean getting the conservative seat for your area!!
Originally Posted by Princess&ThePea
We watched the debate on Tuesday night and it was really interesting and I feel much more educated! I really think I will be voting conservative based on both the debate and the platforms that I have read for Liberal, Conservative, and NDP. I just don't understand a lot of the logic that Liberal and NDP are using for their campaigns as I don't think the things they are promising are truly attainable. I think that Stephen Harper is on the right track with focussing over the next few years on balancing the budget, and I respect the fact that in the debate he was the only one who wasn't back stabbing and down talking the other politicians. (I felt bad for him - is it typical for the current Prime Minister to get attacked like that?)
Yes, it is. It is too bad that Canadian politics are becoming more like the Americans... it sucks.
Originally Posted by mrsjohnson310