Monday, September 15, 2008

Here an Election, There an Election

This past few weeks have been nirvana for this political geek.

Two national elections going on in North America at the same time.  It really doesn't get much better than that.  Although I must say, CNN's coverage of Canada's election has been a little sparse. 
Can't say I blame them however.  Not only is it not their country's election it is also terribly terribly dull.


Not all Federal elections have been this boring but with no Chretien this time and Stockwell Day firmly muzzled there really aren't all that many memorable characters.

The two men who actually stand a chance of becoming Prime Minister have this one thing in common.  They are not a lot of fun at parties.  You could easily substitute a Ken Doll for either and not many people would notice.  

Then there is Jack Layton.  Am I the only one who thinks he resembles a used car sales man?  Smooth and not quite trustworthy.  But yet, on some level you really do want to believe him because what he's saying sounds so good.  Maybe just a little too good.   

That leaves Gilles.  Don't tell anyone but he is actually my favorite.  Aside from the whole ripping Canada apart thing.  He's about the only with charisma.  And in my humble opinion does the best at debates every time.  And I don't even agree with 98% of what he says.  I just like the way he says it.  

Seriously, the biggest controversy this election has been whether or not Elizabeth May gets to be in the debate.   For my Alberta readers, she is the leader of the Green Party.  Yes, there is a Green Party.  I hear they are going to do really well in Fort Mac this year.  ( I just realized that only an Albertan would find that past paragraph funny.  Sorry.)

So, I can understand CNN's reluctance to cover the earth shattering boredom that is this election but I still can't understand that only 65% of us turned out to vote last time.  While it may seem that our choices are rather limited (and they are) we still have choices.  

Not everyone does.

On October 14th go vote.  Thanks.


a Tonggu Momma said...

"You could easily substitute a Ken Doll for either and not many people would notice."


MomOfTheCrazies said...

I must say that I don't love election campaigns. I think the speeches are boring, the signs and pamphlets are a waste of the environment and money, and the commercials irritate me.

All that said, I believe that each person must exercise their right to vote. I drag my kids along and tell them about the importance of democracy. And they're only 3 and 5. I don't know who I'll vote for, but I'll certainly be voting!

Toothfairy Mom said...

I have to agree, I really dislike all the electioneering (is that really a word?) I find it a large waste of time and money. Not to mention that all the fancy promises disappear like chocolate icecream on a hot day.
All that to say, I will bring my kids with me on Oct 14, just so they understand how important it is to vote. Many around the world don't have that same privilege.

I had a really good laugh at your Green Party getting elected in Fort Mac, even those of us in BC can laugh at that one.

Tez said...

As time goes on, I get the sense that my vote is more and more useless.
I don't even want to vote for anyone because no one in the running really has anything to say that addresses my concerns and views as a citizen.

Did you hear that Harper said "Canada is getting more and more conservative" AHAHAHAHAH bull honky

Janet said...

I am a VOTER!!!! And I also love watching politics happen. This time, it's kind of like watching paint dry. :-)

But I will still vote. OF COURSE. Go Blue! :-)

KnittinChick said...

Wouldn't that be funny if they launched a Green party media campaign in Fort Mac? Oh, that would only be funny to me... hah, hah!