Posts tagged ‘Liberal’

New Ontario Liberal Commercial

I just saw the new Ontario Liberal commercial and I must say that I really like it.  I’m not sure it will help the election, but it really instills some Ontario pride.  Many Canadian provinces have strong identities, and some are having a strong economic resurgance, largely based on resources.  But Ontario can claim to be province of high tech and manufacturing–an exporter of finished goods.  With our strong Canadian dollar really affecting the Ontario manufacturing sector, it’s good to put a positive slant on things.  A good spot.

It made me think of another recent commercial I saw that I really liked, the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial by Eminem:

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Going Green (Mark MacKenzie) in Ottawa West-Nepean

Finally decided to go with Mark MacKenzie with my vote tomorrow.  I have respect for Anita Vandenbeld and what she has done in the past but Mark MacKenzie’s message resonates with me more. 

So this time, I will not be engaging in strategic voting, but just voting for the person that I would like to see in the House of Commons.  Maybe next time I will engage in strategic voting, vote swapping, or some other method to get around the old first-past-the-post system, but not this time.

Looking forward to see what tomorrow will bring, with a hope for some type of electoral reform in the future.

308 seats

Saw this link from a friend on facebook (!)– ThreeHundredEight.com Basically a blog that keeps track of all the polling nationally, as well as in each riding.  I’m not sure how accurate this is, but seems inline with what many expect to happen–another Conservative minority government.

What is interesting is a rise in the NDP numbers.  Could the NDP actually get more seats than the Liberals?  Could make for an interesting night, although the NDP number usually dips when actual election results are tabulated.  I personally think that a Conservative / NDP coalition might be an interesting mix, provided that the controlling Harper is ousted.  I could see Jack Layton putting his stamp on the Conservative government with a mix of fiscal and social responsibility (still want that deficit down!)  It reminds me of the current situation in the UK, where there was a large protest vote against Labour who had been running the show for a while–and the key beneficiaries were a newly revamped Conservative party and the 3rd party the Liberal Democrats.  The Liberal Democrats were being run by a charismatic leader, and did quite well.  I “think” that uneasy coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has been going “OK” (current lack of knowledge in that area).  It would be interesting to see who Mr. Harper (or replacement) would turn to for help in voting through key legislation.

Meanwhile, in my own riding I plan on voting for neither Conservative or NDP!  Decision soon…

Strategic Voting 2011

Perhaps I didn’t pay as much attention to this last time, but there seems to be a fairly new phenonenon of Strategic Voting websites, all aimed at removing Conservative candidates.  There always seems to be some venom at the ruling party, but with the Liberals in disarray, there is a new method of trying to defeat the conservatives.  Here are three strategic voting websites:

The first two present target ridings, and the third and fourth links are places where people can register to transfer their vote (an interesting concept in it’s own right).  I’m still not happy that people have to resort to this–proportional representation is a better way to make use of the popular vote numbers.  But, I will be very interested to see if this can make any difference, especially with the NDP surging and the Liberals falling.

Silver Fox Alliance and Nortel

Another quick one (the rest of the world doesn’t stop for the election), but just wanted to point out the Silver Fox Alliance and their activity this election.  They are a group that is fighting for the rights of private sector pensions.  I hope to spend some more time to read their background–but the main thing they are fighting for is protection for private pensions.

With many Nortel pensioners as members, and the Ottawa West-Nepean riding containing many Nortel pensioners, they could represent a significant group of voters.  They aim to push Harper and the Conservatives out and are supporting Anita Vandenbeld here.

More information can be found on their website.

Fear-mongering in election ads

I have recently been inundated with ads that are basically created to make you fear the alternatives.  No ads about plans or policies, just how bad it will be if the alternative gets in!  I’m truly getting tired of these ads, especially from the Conservatives and the Liberals.  NDP fear ads are going away with Jack Layton’s recent surge, and Green can’t afford the ads, so I can’t say if they are that much better.

Unfortunately fear plays well with the audience…

Canada’s Election – Ottawa West-Nepean

I’m back on the old blog page (first time since my second son was born) and need to talk about the upcoming election.

Although this election was heralded as the “same ole same ole” this one is shaping up to be a doozy.  Less than one week away and there seems to be more interest in getting out to vote as the advance poll numbers show.

My own thoughts on who I should vote for are all over the map.  A friend from school, Damian Konstantinakos, is running for the Conservatives in the riding next to mine, and would probably consider voting for him just because I know he is a good guy.  He is from the high tech sector, so would hopefully help get some high tech questions heard on the hill.  But alas I am not in his riding, and I know he faces an uphill battle in that riding.

Meanwhile, despite my well wishes for Damian, I am not impressed with either Stephen Harper, or his bulldog running in our riding, John Baird.  John Baird will not be getting my vote in this election–case closed.  The man’s main job seems to be to shout down any opposition in the house.

Anita Vandenbeld has the best chance to defeat Baird in this traditionally Liberal riding, and there seems to be some good support for her despite waining support for Ignatieff.  How badly do I want to see Baird defeated?  I must admit it might be nice but I have to really think about this.  Ottawa West-Nepean has a very large population of seniors and Anita is definitely pandering her message to them (but in a way all of them are).  Also interesting is that she is a career politician, with a Political Science degree–actually something I don’t like in politicians.  But she has been very active in talking with many people in the community for a while, especially down the road at the Carlingwood Mall.

Marlene Rivier is a public sector union local president, so I don’t believe a good choice for me.  I must admit that Jack Layton is certainly doing the best job of all the leaders in presenting a clear message and with limited amounts of attack ads.  Someday maybe the NDP could entice me, but there is always the fear of a government grown too large.

Mark MacKenzie of the Green Party is actually an intriguing choice for me.  He is a small business owner (Appleseed snow-blowing plus organic farming) which I think is a plus.  He should have a better understanding of small businesses and the importance to the economy.  He is obviously for environmental sustainability with Appleseed using bio-diesel (that includes discarded vegetable oil).  He was part of the group that helped ban commercial pesticides in the city of  Ottawa (a plus), and he has also said some encouraging things about high-tech.  Unfortunately he has no chance of winning the seat.  Would a vote for Green be wasted in this case?  I still maintain that we need to change the first-past-the-post system and get more proportional representation (interesting article here on election reform).  Make every vote count!

So I still have some thinking to do:  Vandenbeld or MacKenzie?  Liberal or Green?

We’ll see on May 2nd!