Election Getting Hot

TrudeaI just can’t stay quiet any longer.  I didn’t go to a political debate last night because they make me too angry and I don’t watch them on TV for the same reason but I just can’t keep it in any longer.

We are gearing up for an election in about two weeks in Canada and things are getting hot.  Our current Prime Minister, saw fit to call the election to last over and 78 day period rather than the usual 36 days and I think he may find it is starting to backfire.

Tonight there is lively, albeit hostile, debate at a local level in my home riding.  It is happening on Facebook following a post about our Conservative incumbent’s failure to show at an all candidates meeting last night and her reluctance to discuss a very important topic, the pending closure of US Steel, which is a huge employer in our area.

The long election time was, I believe is an effort to drain the war chests of his competition but what is happening is the war chests of interest groups who want to see him gone are gaining momentum and the parties in competition really don’t have to carry the fight.

There are some dirty deals which have taken place in Canada under this Conservative government and I believe history will show this to be the most corrupt and anti-democratic government in our history.

The only ammunition the Conservatives have is fear.  They are trying to make us afraid of terrorists and also of the inexperience of a young man named Trudeau who isn’t much younger than Mr. Harper was when he took office.  Before the election they used tax dollars to pay for expensive ad campaigns touting their greatness.  Today they are trying to outlaw “barbaric practices”.

This has to be the icing on their scare cake.  What I’m afraid of is that barbaric practices might include being Jewish or Christian or practicing Wicken.  Who decides.

I see a party desperate to hang on to it’s power with a leader who is losing the faith of his own.  His only hold on them is power.  Some he has bribed to do his dirty work with cabinet posts.

Now what I need to see is an electorate which will not fall for the hype of fear but will rather stand for the democracy which we have been so proud of.

I’d like them to vote smart and vote for the party which is the most likely to carry us into a safe path but with our system of voting that is difficult.  We cannot vote for anyone except our local representatives so we are forced to be strategic voters.

I truly fear another government by Mr. Harper and his Conservative Party.  I don’t think the NDP have the strength to carry the mandate.  For me the only choice is Trudeau’s Liberals.  I am fortunate to have a strong and capable Liberal candidate in my home riding, Joan Mouland, who I trust to represent the needs of this constituency and the needs of the nation at large.

The gloves are out.  The mud is beginning to be slung.

Be smart Canada. Keep your head and don’t listen to the hype.  Get rid of this government and vote so there is no chance of a minority government which would mean another election in about 10 months.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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