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.