The voices in my head are getting louder and louder:
Martin is an incompetent crook (I can picture him in a Nixon pose);
Harper is the devil incarnate who will take away our rights or even worse, turn us into a clone of the U.S.
Jason, Cerberus et al ("al" being those who are in their chorus) are right about Liberal policy but what good is policy if the people in office are unable and/or unwilling to implement it? The mud being slung at other parties makes me nervous but some of it does stick; what if Harper really does have a hidden agenda?
It's enough to make me want to go back into winter hibernation. And also enough to make me glad I only have one vote.
I do agree with some Conservative policy - it's their social outlook that bothers me most. They say they won't mess with abortion but they may mess with same sex marriage and they won't move to decriminalize pot smoking. (Yes I call it "pot". And?) So I have to weigh that against my problems with the Liberals which are not problems of policy, but problems of personality.
I didn't like Chretien, but my hopes for Martin have been dashed. He hasn't cleaned up the mess, only made it worse. His government seems to act for expediency, not for results; for instance, that nice tax cut they introduced just before the writ was dropped? It will cost us almost $4 million to implement since the tax forms for those who submit on paper have already been printed and replacement sheets must be sent out.
Clearly this was done as an election ploy. If it was policy it would have been done in a more timely manner, or at least one would think so.
I just don't trust Martin anymore. I don't believe a word he says. I don't think he will work to do what's best for Canada as opposed to what's best for himself and the Liberals. It's not that he's a bad person, only that he and his team have fallen into the trap that appears when democratic governments have been around too long. It happened to the Mulroney PCs and it's happening to the Republicans in Washington. Listening to the US political commentary is eerily similar to listening to our own - only the names are different. Culture of corruption, influence peddling, lobbying, entitlement - it's all there.
I watched Harper's speech on TV this morning and I have to say he looks... okay. He was calm, reasonable, and I liked what he was saying. Yes I know, it's what he wasn't saying that can come back and bite us you-know-where but how much worse can that really be than what we have now? Yes, Jason, lots worse in the worst-case scenario but that's not necessarily a given and it's becoming more and more clear to me that this risk (changing the government) is worth taking.
Cross posted to the CTV Election Weblog