I am going to go ahead and get political. Feel free to disagree, but please don’t be offended. After all, there’s no right answer, so intelligent people can have different viewpoints and still be friends. 🙂
As of today, voting day is 4 weeks away. Unfortunately, Jon and I will be in French River, PEI on June 28, so we can’t vote for our MP that day. We will have to vote early, by special ballot. This is just fine, but it means that we only have 2 weeks to make our decision. And, I have no idea who to vote for.
I am very middle-of-the road, politically. Given the right candidates locally and nationally, I could probably vote for any of the three major parties. I just don’t feel compelled by any of them, though. Here’s the scoop according to me:
Conservatives, James Moore – This guy is the incumbent in our riding. He is my age exactly, and he was the youngest MP from BC ever elected in 2000. He has political aspirations–this guy wants to be Prime Minister some day. His key issues are spending gas taxes, being tougher on crime, and ending Liberal corruption. There are no comments about the sort of corruption we could expect from his party, should they form the government. 😉 Unfortunately for James Moore, I do not like Stephen Harper at all. The two big deal-breakers for me are that he wanted to send troops to Iraq, and that he opposes gay marriage. Frankly, he’s pretty much the George W. Bush of the North, and I don’t like Dubya, either.
Liberals, Kwangyul Peck – This candidate came to Canada from Korea when he was 17. He is an economist with ties to Canada and Asia-Pacific. He was an economic advisor to Paul Martin when Paul Martin was the finance minister. No mention is made of the sponsorship scandal, though. 😉 I can’t seem to find any references to issues or political stances on his website, which is typical of his party. I think my big objection to Kwangyul Peck is that as a BC native, I’m not all that impressed with the way that the Liberal party has treated Western Canada. Plus, they just seem kind of arrogant, like they expect to win, so why bother?
NDP, Charley King – This guy is by far the most photogenic candidate, and he is also young (only two years older than me). He is endorsed by Nearly Neil, the fabulous local Neil Diamond impersonator. If I made decisions about who to vote for based on externals, it would be Charly King all the way. 🙂 His key issues are the usual NDP government spending / health care / democratic reforms, as well as being tougher on crime. My big problem with this guy is that Jack Layton, his party boss, has proposed increasing taxes substantially. I don’t object to taxation, where everybody pitches in for a higher standard of living. I’m just not convinced that throwing money at every problem will build a better society.
So, this is my dilemma. I have two weeks to make up my mind, and I am floundering. I am not looking for input, I will make up my own mind. It just might not happen until it comes time to mark that ‘X’.