Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Why I like, respect and won't vote for Duceppe

The second leader's debate aired on national tv last night. The formula wasn't Jerry Springer, with screaming, shouting and public nudity, but it actually allowed the candidates to present their policies and their characters . Unfortunately, these characters are rather uninspiring.

Mr Harper doesn't want to say what he wants to do. He mostly makes quiet comments about values, and promises that are not available to any federal leader[gay marriage and healthcare are matters of provincial jurisdiction as M.Duceppe reminded him].

Mr.Martin is proof that Canadians like pleasant,efficient and bland politicians. Otherwise he'd be in exile fleeing corruption charges.

Jack Layton has a job to do, which is to hammer home the message "vote NDP", don't hold your nose and vote Liberal lest Harper gets elected. The result is he didn't have time to present his more nuanced opinions- he used catch phrases and code words to remind people he is a leftist/progressive. Unfortunately, his hard sell style probably annoys the parlour pink socialists in the academy. However he might reach the people who should vote for him. Besides he looks like the old PM's on Canadian currency.

Ultimately, Gilles Duceppe the man who can't be Prime minister, spoke his mind freely, presented his points with vigour and dignity. If only he were a federalist.

"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
-E.M. Forster