No one thought ill of Ralph Nader, but the man did not have a snowball in hells chance of becoming the President of the United States of America, but Ralph did manage to steal enough votes to thwart the chances of real front-runners every time he ran. I have always thought that although it was his right to run for president, that it was also his right and perhaps his duty not to run. I think the same for Jack Layton, who claims to love his country and wants to do what is best for Canada and Canadians, but does he love Canada and Canadians enough and want what is best for Canada and Canadians enough, not to run for Prime Minister? He knows that he will be allowing Harper a victory by running and he has already admitted that Harper is the worst thing for Canada and Canadians, but yet he does what he does. I think it is time for Jack to rethink exactly what his running is doing to Canada and the Canadian people and either merge his party with the Liberal Party, or disband it all together.
Other the what Jean Chretien did to the Liberal Party’s credibility with Shawinigate and the Sponsorship Scandal, Jack Layton and his New Democratic Party have been like a cancer eating away at the Liberal’s and their every attempt to get the needed votes to win a federal election. Not that I do not like Jack, but running just to play king-maker and not trying to win the whole thing is not very considerate of Canadians. The NDP are the reason behind the minority governments and seem content in their role although on the whole for Canada it only leads to instability. If he wants a coalition so badly I do not see why the 2 parties do not kiss and make up and form one new stronger party like the Conservatives and the Alliance did some time back when they realised that apart neither would ever stand a chance of winning a federal election.
The workings of parliament have gotten way too childish for my liking and I would guess the rest of Canadians too. Jack Layton needs to stop what he is doing in my opinion and think about what is really good for Canadians. I do not think that him playing king-maker is what is best for Canada. This smiling for the camera and taking credit for working with the Conservatives when they are not working in the best interest of Canada lets the Conservatives feel that when they really have no support they can buy a winning vote from Jack Layton cheap and that is exactly what Mr. Harper does and counts on to ram his agenda through parliament.
The only thing that Harper has said that makes sense is that Canada is in need of a majority government although that can not be put down at every turn by the opposition parties getting together. Mr. Harper is not the only choice for a majority government as he is shouting in this campaign. Mr. Harper and his Conservatives have openly stated that they will see to the poor people of Canada’s needs when they get the economic plan on-line; that they will address the situation of long line ups and people dying in emergency rooms when they get their economic recovery plan on-line and so it goes for low-income housing, infrastructure, but he will scrap the gun registry and hold the course he and his government have used to govern in the past. The course that has put us deep in debt, the course that brought us to this premature election due to a vote of non confidence and his government being brought down for contempt of parliament.
I think Jack Layton is the reason that some people get a little, but not enough, because he is always ready to take something instead of fighting for everything that the situation calls for and that Canadian’s need. It makes him look good like he is working hard for all Canadians and willing to compromise, but in reality Canadians are still going to bed hungry and without heat and some are still living on the street and these issues can not be the focus of compromise, but rather they must be the focus of immediate action.
I did write to all of these leaders about the people in the streets in Quebec and the harsh winter they were about to face with no shelters and all of the cuts to programs that help them and got a generic,” It is not my problem from all of them. I told them that people would be dying from not being able to heat because the cost of heating is just too high and Hydro Quebec was cutting power and they all said it was not their problem and to contact the provinces. The Mp from Lasalle, Quebec, Lise Zarac, did not even bother to respond at all and now she would like my vote, fat chance of that happening.
Mr. Layton to me is a prime example of why either the constitution needs to be changed or at least the way elections are held and how many parties can ultimately sit on the hill. I mean here we have a party that exist solely to be a deal maker; a party that never makes laws from scratch, but for a price will let all your bad stuff pass. This sort of undermines why and how our democracy works, because the losers of an election will always be able to join with another, or all of the other parties and force the winner from office.
At the end of the day I want one party governing this country and my family and Mr. Layton and his version of the Liberal Party are insuring that it is really only one party that can win and only by a minority throwing us into a minority government over and over again. I think it is time to not vote for Jack Layton, or the Bloc and vote either Conservative, or Liberal and let Canada and Canadians be governed the way it should be. If we have made a bad choice in either party it is not forever although it may seem like it, but this constant excuse of not having the chance to govern without the threat of being pulled down is getting on my last nerve.
Let us face it they all lie, cheat and could careless about us. I think the old style politician who used to take care of his people is gone and now it is simply a job like any other and the politicians will do anything not to lose it. I think although Jack may appear to be a great guy he is less than playing fair with Canadian voters. Jack has allowed the Conservatives to pass laws that would never have made it for a few crumbs from Harper’s plate. Harper plays him, like a fiddle. Harper wants something passed just call Jack and promise to do a little something about one of Jacks demands and an unworthy bill passes in its entirety. Harper is using Jack Layton now to talk down Ignatieff on the campaign trail.
The Liberals have done themselves no favor by hiding and waiting for the right time to fight back. They themselves have allowed the fact that they might not have won an election to stop them from bringing down this government earlier and saving Canadians a lot of stress and suffering. I do not know why Ignatieff has not spoken out sooner, I listened to him speak and was quite impressed. In my opinion he should have been speaking out more often. Ignatieff has a human quality to him that Harper will never have. Ignatieff when he speaks comes off as talking to the listeners and not at them. Although he said he did not have much of a plan, other than to be more transparent and that the Liberals have learnt from their past mistakes it did sound genuine and there was no B.S. about having it all worked out. I think if it were not for Jack Layton and his NDP Ignatieff might have pulled this election off and been the next government of Canada. I think he is more likable, more willing to work with the other parties in the house and best of all not looking to get his name in history for being a war-time Prime Minister.
I know that we allow all of the people of Canada to be represented and that before all of this splintering of parties it all used to work out just fine, but this is a new day, with new politicians and this system no longer works. I am tired of getting crumbs, from Mr. Harper’s plate, because Jack Layton wanted to grab a headline and look like he is making government work. the man is actually running around Canada saying he is happy just to make little deals here and there. He never apologies for all of the really bad laws that pass because they are the cake and you can’t have crumbs if there is no cake.
I think that merger of the NDP and the Liberal Party of Canada is long over due and needs to happen sooner than later. Neither party will see any success when it comes to leading the country without it. The Conservatives and the Alliance realised that and merged. There is an old saying the goes,”A house divided against itself can never stand”. Well I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens, but no matter who wins the Liberals need not talk of coalition, but of merger with the NDP. The differences between the 2 parties is not that great and according to Jack Layton himself, he feels that the major difference is not in their believes but in the delivery of them to the people. So I say, “Talk it over like people who want what is best for Canada and get back to being one political party with both a good heart and a practical mind and the will to do what is right”.