Editor's Notes Friday 29 April 2011


Editor's Notes
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 15 (274)
Friday, April 29, 2011

Vote with your heart, vote with your mind

Vote to clean out of government those who hold you in contempt

It's been a federal election campaign like no other. It started with a yawn but it's fast approaching the finish line with the sense that Canadians are prepared to break the chains of tradition that for too long have choked democracy in our country.

We have on the one hand, coalition-practicing Stephen Harper who says with a straight face that he's against coalitions and Michael Ignatieff who is terrified of being branded a coalitionist while it's working well at London where sits the mother of all parliaments, to say nothing of it being common practice in other democracies.

Harper has been busy turning Canada away from its internationally respected role as a peace keeper into an arm of the American war machine that is dominated by the military industrial complex that scared even U.S. General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Ignatieff supported George W. Bush's attack on Iraq and the use of torture.

Time and again Harper has expressed fawning admiration of the American Way while scorning the Canada that we all know and love.

We know that during an election campaign he will say one thing and then do the opposite when elected. His use of the senate is just one case in point. In opposition he ranted about the need for an elected senate. In power he stacked it with his right leaning cronies.

Ignatieff again and again has demonstrated that he has no political sense. He's also shown that he's cut from the same right wing cloth as Harper.

The only difference between the two is that Ignatieff is not a fanatic.

The prospect of real change at Ottawa on May 2 has brightened the lives of millions of Canadians.

Be sure to put your mark where it belongs on Monday, May 2. Vote for Canada.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward,

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective


Carl, some people advocate voting strategically just to remove the Conservatives. For example, if I vote NDP or Green in my riding, those candidates don't have a chance of winning. If I vote Liberal it's possible that person could unseat John Baird. But I'm not a Liberal and I agree completely with your assessment of war-supporting Ignatieff, who also voted along with the Harper govn't countless times (except when he didn't bother to show up to vote!), so I’m tempted to do as you say -- vote with my heart, knowing that my candidate won't win. Because I'm not sure that the Liberal alternative to Baird will be much better or different from him.

One problem we have is the large number of left-wing parties that won't consolidate. If the Greens joined NDP, they'd be a force to reckon with.




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