Oh man, we’re really bound to get viewership with this exciting topic, eh? I was gonna comment on zuuko’s post, but my comment stretched out to about the length of the post, so here it goes on its own.
I watched the debates, and they were fun to see. Although a lot of the stuff the leaders were talking about seemed kinda completely irrelevant to me, but then I guess I don’t live there, so maybe it wasn’t meant to be relevant to me.
Again, maybe it’s that I’ve been living in the US for the last four years, but it was unbelievable to hear the leader of the conservative party say uncrazy things. -No new corporate tax cuts! -Support of Copenhagen accords! -More money for green energy! -taking pride in a large stimulus and the necessary bailouts and industry support! And it wasn’t like he said these things defensively: he brought them up himself!!! I wish he’d stop the Canada is the greatest nation on earth thing, though, because that’s the US. In some way, I dread what Harper would be replaced with as Conservative leader if he loses. I mean, if it’s Peter Mackay, I’d be happy, but what if it’s Vic Toews or some latter-Stockwell-Day? But in the end, his dogma on corporate taxes (“you can’t raise taxes on corporations since they’ll just forward them to the consumer!” – this is just like the ridiculous claim that “you can’t prosecute white collar criminals cause they have good lawyers!”) just reminds me: he’s a conservative. A pretty competent and benign one, I think, but a conservative nonetheless. I am not a conservative. I wouldn’t feel good voting for him.
Ignatieff I have some sympathy for, but I don’t really get his points – worrying about the deficit right now seems premature, his points about democracy and Security Council seats are trumped up, and I don’t understand why he is so keen to rule out a coalition. And his arrogance in saying the Liberals are the only non-Con choice: it’s basically saying – okay, we know you hate us, but vote for us anyway. Also his French is atrocious. And this is petty, but his eyebrows kinda scare me.
Jack Layton should never try to be friendly. He comes off as incredibly creepy. His weird debate ploy of asking the other parties’ leaders to just adopt NDP policies is a weird debate ploy that just makes him sound like a demagogue, which is actually what he is. He should just yell at people instead. Or better yet, the NDP should just get a different leader. It’s sort of the opposite idea as with Conservatives: a party I agree with on many issues, led by someone I don’t at all like or respect.
Gilles Duceppe in English often just started talking angrily about things unrelated to the question. He seemed kinda crazy, but effective in a way. Gilles Duceppe in French, you sorta felt sorry for like being the straight man in some ridiculous farce (although I must say, Layton and Harper’s French were better than I expected). I don’t agree with Quebec sovereignty, but I think the best way to deal with it is to preserve the special place of Quebec within Canada, and the best way to achieve that is to have a strong Bloc fighting for Quebec in parliament. Of the four major parties, they’re the closest I can come to supporting. Too bad I can’t vote for them.