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23 October 2007 @ 01:07 am
What do the NDP and Liberals stand to gain if we withdraw from Afghanistan? Public applause? I don't see why they are so opposed to what we're doing in Afghanistan. Are they just playing off the general anti-American feelings in Canada and think they can get support from a large portion of the population by associating Afghanistan with Iraq?
 
 
11 October 2007 @ 07:25 pm
The Liberals won the Ontario election, and not with a slim majority, but by a significant majority, as significant as their win in 2003. Why, after all the broken promises, lies and scandals, did they win as strong a majority as last time?

I like John Tory, I really do. Unfortunately, he made a major tactical error with the faith-based school funding issue. Did he not realize that it would be controversial? Anything that combines church and state is obviously going to be controversial. How did he not see that? Sure, I agree with his proposal regarding faith-based schools, but why did he have to make is a priority? Why did he have to bring it up at the beginning of the election? I have no problem with it being part of the party platform, but why make it a big priority? It's not like there's a lot of votes to be won with the issue. In fact, it more than likely cost the party votes. Do I think John Tory should be replace as leader? Probably not. But Tory is not a natural politician, and he didn't have a whole lot of political experience when he became party leader. Hopefully he'll take the time to learn the game of politics and learn what he did wrong in this election. Politics is more than just about issues, it's also about the presentation of the issues and the spin that can be created from those issues, and that is what John Tory needs to learn.

James
 
 
27 July 2007 @ 07:54 am
I am a Conservative party member and even sit on the board of directors for my EDA. When I think about the political climate of our country, I know in my heart that the Conservative Party is the best possible choice to lead Canada. I have conservative social values and agree strongly with the party's take on family values, crime, finances and social issues. 

However, what I am struggling with mainly is our government's stance on Afghanistan. I am starting to form the opinion that we should not be keeping our troops there for an extended period of time and should start really making plans for withdrawal. I also am not in favour of our friendship with George W. Bush or support of his war in Iraq. 

I am also concerned about the situation in Darfur. I think that we need to do something to help out, but at the same time how do we help if not militarily? And then would that not just become another Afghanistan or Iraq? 

I am very confused and am struggling with these issues a lot right now. Other than these matters, I am very happy with our Conservative government; but is it right for me to continue aligning myself with the party when these disagreements are on my plate? 

If anyone has any input/insight/advice it would be greatly appreciated.
 
 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
13 April 2007 @ 01:56 pm
So the Greens have now decided that they arn't going to behave like a real party, and instead support the Grits. The Toronto Star even announced that May was touting Dion as the best possible PM.

Some drive to govern. In one swell foop, they've gone from a fully-fledged party that deserves inclusion in the debates, to a vocal interest group.

This does make my voting intentions MUCH easier now though, which is a good thing.

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ps: wrt France - Go Bayrou!!!!
 
 
Quebec has now rejected a left-wing sovereigntist option (and, to be fair, a more centrist federalist option) for a right-wing "autonomist" option. This would appear to represent a shift to the right in Quebec politics. I've noticed several newscasters pointing out that the ADQ picked up many seats in which the Conservatives ran second in the 2006 federal election.

Considering how hard Harper has been fighting to pick up Quebec votes (the Quebecois as a nation, the extra wheelbarrows of cash in the just-passed budget, the enhanced international presence for Quebec), he's going to want to capitalize on these things before they fade from memory. Riding this right-wing wave would seem to be optimal timing for him to have an election. However, it's likely Canadians would not respond well to a government appearing to call a third election in about that many years.

So, should the Conservatives try to force an election in the next couple of weeks? If not, how should Harper keep ahold of these potential gains in Quebec without alienating the rest of Canada? If so, what issue should he force the opposition to bring his government down on, particularly considering that neither the Liberals nor the Bloc is likely to want an election (and both are required to vote non-confidence for such a motion to pass)?
 
 
 
04 January 2007 @ 03:50 pm
Hey Kids:

So it looks like there will probably be an election sometime in 2007 (no surprise there, really), which means that there's a good chance that I'll be out of the country come election time (I'm in France until October). As such, I need to register for a postal ballot.

Here's the question though:  there are two ridings in which I can legitimately register myself for voting purposes: Willowdale and Trinity-Spadina.  The former is currently represented by Jim Peterson, with the Tories (as represented for the past two elections by Jovan Boseovski) always finishing in a distant, but not impossibly so, second.  The latter is represented, after a very close election, by Olivia Chow, with the Tories in a no-hope position, lucky to keep ahead of the Greens for third.

So that's what it comes down to.  Register in a riding where my vote can help a longshot Tory win - and increasing the odds of a Tory majority, or in a riding where my vote can more likely help keep the Liberals out of a seat, potentially helping ensure a Tory gov't if it's a squeeker.

Thoughts?
 
 
06 November 2006 @ 07:47 pm
Anyone else fed up with the NDP's confrontational style? All they've been doing in this parliament and the last is make demands and threaten an election if those demands are not met. They've also been trying to force the government to do what they want. It's juvenile, that's what it is.

Bob Rae sums it up perfectly in his new book, where he says: At its core, the NDP, both in Ontario and federally, has been more committed to protest than to seeing the country achieve a balanced, progressive, effective government.

(x-posted to my new community redtory)
 
 
25 September 2006 @ 10:37 pm
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=edd8a5ac-208b-4c00-a62b-d3a26e2344b2&k=49210

She's been a real boon to the liberals eh. She fits right in. I can't wait to hear the liberals all jump up and defend her, or toss her out with the trash.

Though maybe we should be thanking her. If she had not crossed the floor in the summer we would have had an election then, and the Tories probably would not have won. Or maybe it's one big conspiracy, Bush put her up to it... yah, thats it.
 
 
29 August 2006 @ 06:34 pm
Hezboliberal! Ah, it's too funny. They take themselves so seriously that the 6th estate (blogosphere) can't make fun of their stupidity.
 
 
23 August 2006 @ 05:21 pm
Do you think PMHarper should have the softwood deal as a fall confidence vote? I mean if the numbers are there both in national public support of the Tories and in industries reluctent support of this deal, then why not? Better to get it done before the Grits elect a new leader, too. Better then just calling an election, let the opposition call it.