Originally Posted by limette
My husband has had personal dealings with the various parties and I have friends that work in parliament. Based on that, the opinions are that the Conservations are really, really bad (evil for lack of a better term!), Ignatieff (sp?) is an idiot and not capable of running anything and while dh says Layton is a snobby jerk, he seems to be the lesser of three evils.
Frankly the government is a lot shadier than the people believe and it isn't going to get any better until someone who actually cares about the country and who isn't just power hungry steps up to the plate.
Oh, I don't think anyone is saying politicians are squeaky clean. However, it's what we have right now, we need to make the best of it. Also, the ad hominem attacks don't really help anyone. I don't care if Iggy is an idiot (and he really isn't; they don't hire you at Cambridge, Oxford & Harvard if you're an idiot) or Layton is a snob, I don't plan to have any of them over for a beer anytime soon. What really matters to me is where the party stands on the issues, and, unfortunately, there's been very little of that discussed this particular campaign.
I *am* quite interested in what is happening with the NDP in Quebec. I mean, the way we count the votes in this country, either Quebec or Ontario can make or break an election. Traditionally, Quebec is Bloc which doesn't mean much for us here in BC, but if they elect a bunch of NDP MPs, we might just have something very different this time around. I have always voted NDP. I thought about voting Green this time, as a protest vote, or even Liberal (in the assumption that I was dealing with the "Either the Conservatives or the Liberals" paradigm), but now? I think I'll just go my traditional route.
In any case, get out and vote on Monday!