…and in comparison to the US election – it is beyond civilised.
Although I live in Canada there hasn’t been much on this blog about the Canadian election. The similarity between a British and Canadian election is striking. One of the things here is that it isn’t, by any means, a two horse race.
After looking at the candidates for this seat my wife and I were in a real quandary as to who the vote would go for – we decided that, after reading what we have been given and speaking to the respective candidates the NDP has it.
It was a serious toss up between the NDP and Liberals. But what edged it for us is when speaking – at length, to the NDP candidate – and he did remember us and the conversation we had with him last year about local and rural predicaments – particularly rural jobs and investment – we went for the NDP candidate because of what he said about Obama.
The connection was there – the young woman who was also involved in the conversation was below voting age and he took as much interest as to what she had to say as us, which was bloody refreshing to see.
We know that the likely result in this riding will be a victory for the Conservatives – but that really doesn’t matter – we could just vote for the Liberals to keep the conservative out of power – but what would be the point in that, we disagreed with her and her party’s view and policies.
The final result in Ottawa will probably be a hung (shared) parliament. Who will be the largest party is still up for grabs – it could be either Conservatives or Liberals. The NDP will be the 3rd party so a power-sharing deal could be on the cards, especially since the fixed term will have to take effect this time around.
I would have preferred it that Jack Layton had or would be chosen as PM – I think he would make a surprisingly good one. It is just that he needs to get out more not to get the NDP message across before the next election.