A tale of woe

On March 25, 2011, the children who inhabit Parliament Hill decided that they didn’t want to play nice, so decided to call an election in order to gain the approval of the electorate, who for the most part just want them to behave.  So now we are having our fourth federal election in seven years which will likely end up with very similar results to the previous two elections.  It seems that the only people that really wanted this election to happen are the politicians themselves, despite the evidence from polls that suggest yet another Conservative minority.

The official reason for the election was that the Opposition parties found the Conservative government to be in contempt of Parliament for not disclosing the costs of various bills that the government introduced.  Of course the full cost of legislation should be disclosed before the MPs vote on it, since they need a need a full and accurate account of all the implications of the bill before they can lend it their support.  And if the opposition parties actually performed a rational critique of other, previous bills, then finding the government in contempt would be an appropriate action.  However, the impression that I frequently get from the opposition parties is that they only want the cost because it is much easier to decry something in a 10-second sound-byte if the cost is included.  If the opposition parties really wanted to weigh the costs and benefits of a piece of legislation, we would hear sound bytes such as, “We believe that there should be a rational discussion on the needs of probable future combat missions that Canada may be called to in the future, and purchase new fighters jets in sufficient quantities to meet those needs.”  Instead, we get “Instead of spending $16 billion on untendered fighter jets, Liberals want to address the economic pressures facing Canadian families when it comes to family care, pensions, learning and jobs.” The fact that Canadians are still facing pressures from the recent recession does not mean that the Canadian military doesn’t need to jets.

Which is where this blog begins.  After hearing the government and the opposition hurl insults at each other across the floor of the House of Commons, I have decided that I’ve had enough.  Nothing is accomplished in Ottawa not because of the continuous minority governments, but because the MPs themselves don’t work well with others.  If both sides shut their collective mouthes long enough, they might notice that the voters have started tuning them out.  But there are many of us out there that do care about what goes on in Ottawa, despite all the nonsense.

So I am going to be doing my best to cast a critical eye on the upcoming election, and the political stories of the day.  I’ll add my voice to the crowd to say that I am fed up with the way things are going, and that it’s time for a change.  That change does not necessarily mean a change in government, but we need a change in attitudes of the people running the country.  While I generally lean towards conservative ideology, I have no party affiliation, and I would have no qualms about voting for a different party if the right candidate came along.  Unfortunately, none of the current crop of leaders seems to be that candidate.

I firmly believe that voting is an duty for all citizens, although I don’t currently feel that any of the major parties deserve my vote.  At the very least, that should make this election interesting.


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