Election 2011 Day 8

Julian Wolfe
April 3rd, 2011

Government House Leader John Baird responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 24, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick /  THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made a compelling case at a town hall in London, Ontario where he explained to a young girl how he would fix the country’s economy without raising taxes. Meanwhile Conservatives are having a more difficult time lying to the public. A 51-year old woman who described herself as a mother interrupted a press conference held by Jim Baird and Lawrence Cannon who were trying to pin their opposition Liberals as tax and spend.

Sheenah McMahon promised to constantly attack the Conservative campaign until they answered to why they were found in contempt. Baird was quick to say that the coalition wanted an election and used the contempt as a coalition but Sheenah, like many Canadians, are not convinced.

The Conservatives were found in contempt because they hid documents pertaining to their Crime agenda and other financial issues along with Bev Oda’s out right lie to Canadians when she flip flopped on whether she had doctored a document that decided the fate of funding to an international organization.

Sheenah McMahon has the right idea. While the Conservatives continue to lie to Canadians, they attempt to dodge the issue by limiting the amount of questions that the media could ask to two French and two English for all of the media collectively – not four per station, four per all of them combined.

However, let us not forget that Canadians decide the outcome of this election. Harper’s abuses to democracy are atrocious but there are some who believe that Canada would be best by a dictatorship. However, if you are not one of them, you have the right to question the Conservatives, even if they won’t answer, and vote for a party in your riding that isn’t Conservative and stands a chance at winning.

While polls suggest that the Conservatives are in the lead, it is the duty of Canadians to vote for the direction that they want to bring the country in. Harper has made it clear that scrapping party subsidies to fend off opposition parties, fighter jets, prisons, gifts to big businesses, and cuts to social programs would be his way of running the country – along with the scandals and the lies and the tracks that are consistently being covered up.

However, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff hopes to appeal to Canadians with a more liberal way of campaigning. He is using the Town Hall style that he has in the past year when he was rounding up ideas for how he would run his campaign and allows Canadians to question and talk to him directly.

In London, Ontario Ignatieff pledged to scrap all of the Tory spending and replace it with spending on social programs and education and debt repayment.

Michael tells a young girl that he would rather spend money on her future than prisons, fighter jets and give away’s for large corporations.

This method is similar to the method that Jean Chretien used in 1993 when his Liberals inherited the $30 billion deficit from Mulroney’s Conservatives and slashed it, made it a surplus, without raising any taxes. Let us not forget that that pesky GST that Harper cut as a ploy to be popular was a measure that his predecessors used to try to balance the books and will probably try to use again – once they have a majority.

While Stephen Harper was quick to condemn the tyranny in Libya and send in fighter jets to start bombing the country, a video on YouTube has appeared that demonstrates his views on what he condemned during the G20 protests. During these protests, people in Toronto were fought head on by police who were given exceptional powers which have been abused.

Video on YouTube posted by TheSecretStore showing how vast Harper’s statements on international affairs are from those on his own turf

The Conservatives were found in contempt and it would be difficult for the world, who are watching this, and the next generation, who will one day be in charge of the country, to understand how they could stay in power. It is like telling a criminal that it is okay to hide a crime, wipe off your hands, and continue with your life – an action that the Conservatives want to crack down on. How can you crack down on crime when you hide data, limit media, and have the RCMP investigating the bulk of the staff of the star candidates?

Stephen Harper ran on transparency in 2006 and now he his playing hide and seek. Can you trust a man who goes back on his word?

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