People make me sad and hopeless

I wish I could have seen the debate tonight. Unfortunately, my work hours don’t co-operate with such things. My main problem with the national elections this time around is the fact that the Conservative party has gone so far to the right (what with the whole ‘merging with the reform party’ thing…) that the Liberal Party has shifted somewhat right to compensate for it. Also, the NDP has what is probably the best candidate for Prime Minister (or anything else) that they’ve ever had, and a lot of people who would have previously voted Liberal are leaning towards NDP. This would be okay if the Liberals still had enough support to actually win the election, but the way it’s looking right now, the NDP aren’t going to win because the people who could vote and get them into power probably can’t be bothered to learn about it and get around to voting, and a number of the people who plan to vote NDP would previously have voted Liberal. So basically, the left-wing voters are split between Liberal and NDP, so the Right-wing voters are going to put Mr. Stephen Harper in power. Minority government, most likely, but still in power, and that’s a step backwards, in my opinion.

Not to say that I like the Liberal party either, but with NDP quite probably unable to win the election, I’m more inclined to vote for whoever can keep Harper’s Conservatives out rather than the party that I would prefer to vote for.

It’s an unfortunate system. And I know so many people who are apathetic about it and won’t bother to vote.

5 Comments

  • artyste

    June 15, 2004 at 11:34 pm

    Yah.. I was in a debate with someone on the weekend about this.. and after consideration after the debate, I have switched from going to vote NDP to going to vote Liberal… because.. seriously.. the Conservative party scares the fucking hell out of me.

  • mandamus

    June 16, 2004 at 10:39 am

    I typically would vote conservtive, but not anymore. I can’t believe it, but I’m thinking of voting NDP this time *shudder*.

    Then again there is the Green Party, which I actually like

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      June 16, 2004 at 8:41 pm

      heh. Yeah, but even the NDP has more likelihood of succeeding than the green party. I like the Green party too.

      Too bad there aren’t those yogic flyer guys anymore… Teehee.

      Hey, how you doing? Tasty beverage sometime?

      • mandamus

        June 17, 2004 at 7:16 am

        I might vote Green anyway – if someone doesn’t vote for them, and move them forward a bit each election, how can they become a viable party?

        Not voting for yogic flyers though!!

        I’m doing well – and you? Have new gf, so quite happy, but seldom at home. Will see about hooking up for a tasty beverage at some point tho (May not be for a bit – new gf’s chew up time – not that I am complaining even a little bit :))

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          June 17, 2004 at 7:59 am

          Hehehe… No, I wouldn’t complain about the time chewing either. I am, however, moving away basically in mid-august, to Vancouver… so you’ll have to find time before then, or else I’ll be gone and you’ll have to fly out to Vancouver for hot chocolate. 😉