|The other day I wrote this in frustration:
||[Oct. 19th, 2015|11:13 pm]
I am a swing voter. I have voted Progressive Conservative (duh- I was born in Alberta), NDP, Green, Independent and even Liberal. In the past, I have always voted for the person I felt was best suited to represent my riding. This election changed that. This election, I voted strategically. Not something I wanted to do, but something I felt was necessary. We need to try our best to get rid of Harper. He has done too much damage to this country while keeping his promise of making it unrecognizable.|
His latest ads try to convince us that the economy is the most important issue in this election. Maybe it is for him, since he "balanced the budget" (by stealing from EI and the contingency fund) and now has a "surplus" (achieved by not paying for programs). Considering all the deficits (7 consecutive ones) he has run, I don't think he is a great steward of the economy. But though I worry about the future of the economy, THIS election there are more important things to worry about!
Civil rights- Bill C51 stomped all over our rights and freedoms. It is the Canadian version of the egregious US "Patriot Act", and is equally vile and disgusting. It is the jackboot. That is why the Bar Association and former politicians spoke out against it. People protested against it. People signed petitions to stop it. Every one with a functional brain was against it- which was why Harper rammed it through. The TPP will make it even worse.
It's great for corporations (not Canadian ones, btw), but it is terrible for taxpayers.
Sovereignty- FIPA gave up our sovereignty to China for 31 years without debate, without common sense and without good reason. TPP only worsens the damage.
Democracy- Harper has no respect for democracy, as shown by his habit of proroguing Parliament whenever he feels threatened. Bill C38 completely undermined democracy in this country, by changing and/or repealing over 70 disparate pieces of legislation without allowing debate. It stripped environmental protections, reduced food safety, screwed over EI claimants, withdrew us from Kyoto, attacked environmental groups, violated First Nations agreements and endangered our waters.
Science- I happen to be fond of science. Science has made a great many things possible. I don't like having a government that hates and muzzles scientists. I definitely do not approve of a government that closes science libraries and destroys years of research for NO VALID reason. There is something wrong with a government that denies the existence of climate change in the teeth of the evidence.
Racism- I don't like seeing the use of the politics of fear to make us try to see some "terrorist threat" and turn us against every Muslim. There are whackadoodle Muslim fundamentalists, and yes, like every other fundamentalist, they are a menace. However, a woman wearing a niquab, who has shown her face to a female judge before the citizenship ceremony is NOT the problem. The problem lies in Harper's proposed new "barbaric cultural practices hotline". Encouraging people to spy on their neighbours is a typical fascist tactic.
She was thrown to the hounds by Harper, and people promptly condemned the woman and ignored all of Harper's crimes against this country. They forgot about C51, C38, the so-called "Fair Elections Act", the Duffy trial, the fact that Harper will never answer questions, the fact that he has wasted about 750 MILLION taxpayer dollars on feel-good ads to promote his government, cut 36 BILLION from healthcare, raised the age at which one can collect OAS from 65 to 67, C10 (the pointless prison act which exacerbated problems which were almost non-existent and was roundly condemned by the Bar Association), giving away the Canadian Wheat Board, ruining the CBC, trying to ruin Canada Post, cancelling the long-form census, changing laws retroactively, fought against disabled vets, fought against new mothers on EI, changed the laws so that we can ship prohibited weapons to Kuwait and Israel, his terrible economic record over 10 years, ignoring the problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women, his downright fascist tendencies (look up the 14 signs of fascism and tell me what, if any, are missing), adding 200 BILLION to the National Debt, robocalls…and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tonight…I am celebrating. Harper is out and PM elect Justin Trudeau gave a wonderful speech about inclusiveness and hope and change. I am hopeful:)