It’s Election Time in Canada.

Kingwell By Kingwell, 19th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3by1kjq7/
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Canadians are going to the polls on Oct.19th to elect the country's 39th parliament after the longest campaign in its modern history.

Long Campaign

Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has called the country's 39th federal election for October 19, 2015. Harper is the leader of Canada's newest political party, The Conservative Party of Canada which came into being in 2003 when the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties merged. The Party’s policies are almost identical to those of the Canadian Alliance Party, and seemed more like a takeover than a merger. His record as Prime Minister has not been a good one and this time he seems to be gambling that the longest campaign in recent history will bankrupt the two major opposition parties before Election Day. It is a known fact that the Conservatives, backed by large corporations and big oil companies, have a far bigger war chest than the other parties.
The Conservatives are also running a campaign based on fear putting great emphasis on the threat of ISIS to this country and claiming to be the only party that can protect Canadians. Before Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Canada was known around the world as a country of Peacekeepers. Any threat to Canada which is marginal at the most, is the direct result of the policies of the present Conservative government! Canada is not a major player on the world scene, especially when compared to our neighbor to the south, yet this has not stopped Harper from setting out on his own to forge an alliance with Ukraine in its dispute with Russia even suggesting military assistance. While it is very important to protect the world from the threat of such groups as ISIS, and to show support for counties that may be in danger of being taken over by larger and richer nations, we should do so in conjunction with our friends and not pretend to be something we are not.

Too Close to Call

In the 1990's and even later, the United Nations referred to Canada as the best country in the world in which to live, today we are number 4. Yes, it is still a good place to live but it is clear that Conservative policies are chipping away at our way of life. Seniors pensions have not been looked at since Harper became Prime Minister in 2006 and many, especially those in the cities, are living in poverty. This time however, we have a different scenario for a Canadian election, in that for the first time there are three parties that have a shot at forming government. At the moment The Conservatives and the New Democratic Party, who were the official opposition in the last parliament, appear to be running neck and neck with the opposition holding perhaps a slight edge. The third party, The Liberal Party of Canada, remains just that in third place.
Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the official opposition, with a jovial, smiling personality, seems to be the people's first choice for prime minister. Since the NDP, as the party is usually called, has never formed government, the other parties continue to play on fear, but Mr. Mulcair with his common sense approach to government is making such comments look as ridiculous as they sound.
Justin Trudeau, leader of the third party, is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and is often accused of being young and inexperienced.
We are now almost three weeks into the campaign and little has changed although the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy, who was appointed by Harper has dogged the Prime Minister whenever he is questioned by reporters. The NDP are still leading in the polls but with only a five point jump on the Conservatives and as we all know anything can happen between now and October 19th. Will it be a minority or a majority government? While most Canadians appear to want change, the big question as in all elections, is just how many people will actually cast their ballot. This writer hopes that it will be the largest turn out in our history since only then will we know the decision of the majority.

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author avatar peachpurple
20th Aug 2015 (#)

hope that your country election goes out smoothly, no riots

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you peachpurple. I don't expect riots. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2015 (#)

This sounds like "Aunt Sally" politics - set up an imagined threat and claim to be the only party that can meet it. It remains to be seen if the electorate will fall for this trick - are Canadians as gullible as Americans, I wonder?

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you John and I think you hit the nail on the head. We have nearly two months to go but I am hoping for change. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Aug 2015 (#)

I hope whoever wins, the rhetoric is restrained after elections so that the majority will is implemented.

What holds back democracy is the irrational exuberance orchestrated by politicians 24/7. They have to realize others have to focus on their lives to better them.

Thanks Kingwell for this share - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and I agree. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Aug 2015 (#)

yes they did look at the senior pension, they changed the age of receiving them from 65 to 67. I am lucky I will still get mine at 65.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and I agree. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol for reminding me of that - not sure how I could have forgotten but I expect the next government to change it back. In my opinion it will take some time just to clean up the mess that Harper has left this country in. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2015 (#)

If you want to see a long campaign, try the American ones that go on endlessly. Yours ends in Oct. 2015. Ours goes on until Nov. 2016. And the day after the election, the next cycle will have already started. Candidates announce and start running two years before the next general election.

Conservatives have a tendency to make life worse for the average person by slashing budgets, cutting benefits and having all the wrong priorities. But they stay in power by dividing and conquering.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Aug 2015 (#)

Hi Henry, Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I understand that the American campaigns last much longer and has to be really difficult. We are use to short campaigns here but of course the population is much smaller too. I agree with you about Conservatives. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2015 (#)

UK elections are all over in four weeks! OK - so there is quite a bit of jockeying for position before the campaign is announced officially, but once that has been done we don't hang about!

We also place strict limits on how much candidates and parties can spend on their campaigns, and on the amount of TV airtime that can be used for party political broadcasts.

Despite these limits, democracy is well served and the amount of negative campaigning is kept within bounds. In the American system - at least at the Presidential level - it would appear that one does not end up with the best candidate winning but the least worst - if you're lucky!

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you John. The Canadian system is much like the UK but the Prime Minister can decide on how long the campaign will be. I think it is usually about six weeks. There is a fixed date for the vote but I don't think anyone expected the call to come until early September. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Very interesting. I hope you do more like this!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Our political systems are a bit different but we both have free elections. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Hope for a peaceful and clean election

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Angelin. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Canada is a functioning democracy. Years back I had a friend who was a Canadian MP named Nelson Riis( he used to come to India). Wonder whether he is still an MP or contesting as we are not n touch now and I don't have his tel number.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Aug 2015 (#)

You are right Madan, and we have free and open elections. However, like in all countries there are some crooked politicians. We need a change of government here and hopefully we will get it. Your friend Nelson Riis is no longer in politics but he was one of our best MP's. We need more of his kind in government. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Great to know about Nelson. He was from Kamloops in BC. Hope to look him up on my next visist to Canada.

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Aug 2015 (#)

Yes Madan, It is the party that Nelson represented that seemed poised to replace the present government but a lot can happen in 7 weeks. We have to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
31st Aug 2015 (#)

I hope, everything goes smoothly in the election. Elections in the US are always messy.

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Aug 2015 (#)

Four years ago when we had our last federal election there were some problems. On election day some people got telephone calls referring them to the wrong polling station and there were those who were not able to vote.. The only person to be charged and convicted was a very minor person in the Conservative party. There are still those in Canada who believe that it did make a difference in the outcome of the election. Blessings.

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