Anyone But Harper
Well, Canada's Federal Election is a week away. The process has gotten very interesting. A week ago, there was talk that the Conservatives under Stephen Harper could form a majority government. This week there is a chance the Liberal's under Stephane Dion could lead a minority government. Urban Canadians have just shown a preference for the Liberals ahead of the Conservatives.
In the party leaders' debates Stephen Harper did not do as well as expected and Stephane Dion, did much better. Dion has been under a relentless attack personally by the Harper Campaign in the US style of personal attack politics. At the same time Harper's advertising of himself was definitely similar to the American Republican style of self promotion as a populous virtuous, family man. (Harper is a George Bush admirer and disciple) I don't think Canadians like this attempt to make over himself or his rude personal attacking style against Dion.
Harper has made some other irritating gaffes I will not list here. His dramatic cutbacks on support and funding of the Arts is one of the best reasons to turf him out. His latest which seems to have made him finally fall below the Liberals among Urban Canadians is that he declared that the financial crisis is "a good opportunity for investments". When people are worried for their job and investments they don't appreciate this, seeing it as insensitive.
There are lots of good reasons to not vote for Stehen Harper and the Conservatives. They generally do not represent Canadian shared values. All of the other parties are to the left of the Conservatives who can garner enough votes to win the election with only 34% (or so) of the vote or even form a majority government with 40% of the vote.
Watch the You Tube video below to see some of the damage the Harper government has done as a minority government.
Coming down to the wire the mantra has begun. Don't waste a vote on the smaller party that will only help to elect the Conservatives. The last election, the New Democrats numbers were down because many tried to elect the Liberals and stop the Conservatives. It did not work. It only saw fewer New Democrats in Parliament. There are lots of efforts to encourage such strategic voting. Here is one web site http://www.votepair.ca/ This is a creative way to vote strategically without "wasting a vote."
I am not a fan of the Conservatives, in general and Sephen Harper ,in particular. I guess you figured that out by now. Below is a video on Stephen Harper which reflects how his critics feel about him.
Make sure you vote!