Which party should we vote for?

By Aaron Berhane October 2008 The Federal elections will be held on October 14, 2008. All parties are campaigning to get more seats in parliament. The...

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By Aaron Berhane
October 2008

The Federal elections will be held on October 14, 2008. All parties are campaigning to get more seats in parliament. They will gain or lose followers based not on what they are promising now, but on what they have done in the past.

We have a minority government in Ottawa. Nevertheless, the weak opposition parties have allowed Stephen Harper to govern as if he had majority. He has passed one legislation after another. Changes in the immigration regulations, in particular (allowing the Minister of Immigration unlimited power), which was passed 120 ballots to 90 without any challenge from the Liberals, outraged Canadians. Other legislations were also passed because the opposition shut their mouths and supported the government or they stayed away from the House during crucial votes. The Liberals have given the Conservatives a free hand.

Some of us have been annoyed with the Liberals’ activities, and we haven been forced to switch direction. The Liberals showed clearly that they could not speak up for us. They may try to galvanize us through their promises, but they will have a hard time regaining what they have lost.

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion is a smart man, but he seems to be struggling to sell his ideas. He is campaigning to introduce the carbon tax, which aims to clean up the environment by taxing heavy polluters and passing the money generated to ordinary people. This sounds like a great idea, but it isn’t practical. If heavy polluters raise the cost of their goods to recover what they will pay in taxes, are we going to be better off? I don’t think so. We still want a sounding platform, otherwise we won’t have any reason to vote for the Liberals.

The Conservative party is campaigning to introduce strict laws to minimize criminal activities, and work hard to protect the environment. However, it has been criticised for not recruiting more doctors to solve the shortage; for giving a $50-billion tax break to corporations and ignoring low-income families. It has also been criticised for not living up to its promises. Nevertheless, it is still leading in the polls. But we shouldn’t elect them just to teach them a lesson.

The New Democratic Party seems to posses a strong leader and a united party. It is campaigning to repeal the $50-billion Conservative corporate tax break and distribute it to working class families. It will pay $400 per month for every child. As it has a clear and concrete agenda, the poll shows an increase in its followers. The only concern we have, though, is that this party seems to be dominated with communist ideology and we fear it might introduce a tax system that doesn’t encourage investors. That might slow down our economy.

Nevertheless, instead of voting for the Conservatives who don’t live up to their promises or the Liberals that lack a clear platform, lets give the NDP a chance to lead. What do you think?