Change is the dominant theme of this election.
Polling data from Abacus Data who have been tracking the country’s level of satisfaction with the government since March 2014 finds that growing numbers of Canadians are not happy with the direction of the current government and where they are taking the country.
My Take on Change
Personally, change can’t come too soon. I have been looking for it since Harper was elected. What I don’t yet know, is who I will ultimately decide should get my vote.
In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, written in 1949, he coined the term ‘newspeak’. It was the language spoken in the dystopian, totalitarian society the novel depicts. A society where plain language had been bent to the point that only the simplistic language remained and complex or critical reasoning had become heretical. Newspeak forced members of society to toe the government line as they were no longer capable of opposition.
Today, in the real world, many governments and institutions use a form of newspeak in varying degrees.The Harper Governmnent’s War on Language at iPolitics is an excellent article reviewing some of the levels the Harper government goes in their use of newspeak. Harper has outdone many with his deceptive level of sloganeering beginning with changing the reference to government from the Government of Canada which has served this country for every government since confederation. Harper had it changed to, the Harper Government and for the last almost ten years that is the government we have had.
He went on to change points of reference so frequently that many become immune to the deceit which he and his government practice. We no longer have government budgets, they are now ‘economic action plans’ contained within omnibus bills which change numerous unrelated laws on a largely unsuspecting public. Notably one of those ‘economic action plans’ gutted environmental protection laws brought in by Mulroney to the point that overnight we went from almost a million protected water ways to less than a thousand. That made life much easier for his friends at the oil companies.Read More
Well, week 5 of this very long election campaign has come to a close along with the summer portion of it. Kids are back to school, adults are back to work and for the most part, people are winding down their summer activities and shifting into the awareness that fall and winter are on their way.
According to the latest at Three Hundred Eight it appears the NDP and the Conservatives have slipped a bit, the Liberals and the Greens have come up a bit in the polls. No party has moved enough to create a clear trend. It’s still anyone’s election campaign.
While I haven’t been posting since the campaign started, I have been reading a lot. I have some articles waiting for me to make some notes and comments on. I plan to do that over the course of the next few days.Read More
Harper’s people sent out a press advisory yesterday that he would be visiting the Governor-General today. Since it is unlikely he’s meeting him for brunch, this would be for the dropping of the writ to start what will be a very long nasty election campaign.
Like millions of Canadians, I will need to make a choice by the time October 19th rolls around. Being a regular consumer of news and information by the time most elections roll around, I’ve pretty much decided which party I don’t want therefore, I will be voting for the other party. Until now.
I’ve always been a person who viewed federal politics as either Conservative or Liberal. The NDP were an interesting side-show that managed to keep some on their toes. The Bloc, well, I’ll be charitable and just call them more of a Quebec side-show than a Canadian party and the Greens, they make some noise but don’t really register in my world.
I remember chatting with my rather dyed-in-the-wool Conservative brother during the 2011 campaign. One of the few things we both fully agreed on was the perception that Jack Layton and the NDP could say what they wanted, they would never have to back it up in government.
Then they became the Loyal Opposition, largely due to an influx of seats in Quebec. Flash in the pan and the shine on Jack Layton wont last forever was my feeling. After all, the NDP aren’t really serious contenders. How times change.Read More
So, if the media speculation is correct, Harper will officially kick off the federal election campaign as early as tomorrow. If he does, it will be 77 days long. The longest since the 74 day campaign of 1926. Shorter than the record 89 day campaign of 1872.
Increasing the length of the campaign increases the costs for the Canadian taxpayer while also increasing the amount of money the political parties can spend. Since the Conservatives have the largest financial pool, wonder who gets that advantage?
Starting a campaign mid-summer pretty much guarantees that most Canadians will hardly register an election is underway until likely mid to late September. So, expect a barrage of Conservative BS to be smacking us in the face about then with all that extra loot they get to spend.Read More
I absolutely do not want to support Harper in the next election scheduled for October of this year. Anyone who knows me, knows that has been a very consistent stance for me.
I also don’t feel inclined towards the NDP and Mulcair. While I tend to lean towards social justice issues, I also know that no social justice can be achieved without hard economic choices building the economy. I also know that the problems of the world can’t be resolved through peacekeeping or not participating when the tough choices have to be made by countries.
So, logically, that would mean I support the Liberals and Trudeau, right? That would be a, ‘not at this time’ response.
Paul Wells writes in Macleans this week on “Why Justin Trudeau is suddenly the underdog“. He points out that Trudeau has been steadily losing the edge he enjoyed in the polls and for the last two months has been first neck and neck with the Conservatives and now, slightly behind them.Read More