I cast my ballot today – 10€ express post…. Stood there wanting to spend 0.80€ (for regular mail) and thought twice – Jane, your vote is worth 10€.
Anyways, seeing as the election debate was almost a week ago, I only watched it a couple days ago so this is very late news but newsworthy on this blog nonetheless 😉
May was awesome. Favourite line – “You should really read the OECD report – that’s a good read.” I’m so happy that the Greens are moving up. And on a similar note, I was happy that May & Dion (and Layton?) brought up other countries – I think it’s important to benchmark and see where other nations are – i.e. previous post on how we’re practically last on the list when it comes to the environment.
Seeing as I’m a pro-environment person, it was good for me to sit and watch the other discussions. As for the economy, Harper would probably do the best job, but he’s not saying anything substantial besides the fact that he would do the best job – HOW? Finally, a platform came out after, but it’s not enough. This credit crunch is/will affect us and he’s ho humming about it. As for Layton’s attack on the corporate tax rates – I haven’t paid attention to it too much, but I know that if we want a strong Canada in a global world, we need to bring investment here – having a low corporate tax rate is important for our competitiveness. So, although I agree with Layton on certain things (thanks for bringing up the First Nations!) – the answer to all of our problems isn’t just about cutting the corporate tax rate.
As for the “are the manufacturing jobs gone for good” question – I almost agree with Harper on that – economies shift, job losses must equal job creation but not necessarily in the same sector. So, I agree with supporting some industries (in sustainable ways that supports the communities) but I disagree with keeping jobs for the sake of keeping the same jobs open. We need to invest in high value added (as will be a post soon on Thunder Bay’s biofuel industry). However, that being said, most of the candidates were of the same opinion I believe. The key point is that the new jobs cannot be in the low wage, low value jobs.
I won’t continue… I have work to do. Canadian politics can be pretty boring and yappy and so at first I thought that the American debate would be better since they didn’t cut into each other – like our politicians do incessantly like school children. BUT.. to be honest, it was kind of refreshing. THEY DEBATED, unlike Palin & Biden;) They could lessen the finger jabbing though and personal attacks, that gets old fast…
MY CONFUSED THOUGHTS…
I just voted, and I’m still happy with who I voted for, but for an election that I put quite the effort into understanding all of the issues, I still don’t get it all.
It seems as though I’m in the midst of regaining my “what’s right in the world” view.
I agree with free markets and international trade but I also agree that we should support the local economy for sustainability & community sake.
I agree with economic growth but I know that growth can’t be the end answer – that’s what’s led us into this credit crunch disaster – we all want more that we’re capable of having.
Meh, it’s late. I can ponder this tomorrow 😉