Hello my fellow Canadians! As we travel towards the polls on October the 21st (you are intending to cast a vote, oui?), once again I would like to bring my experience as a current expat to bear and provide some perspective on one of our national political parties, namely the Conservative Party of Canada. Living as I am right now in a country that, at a federal level, has been pursuing many of the policies of the Conservative Party (or, perhaps more appropriate to say, the Conservative Party has been all to happy to crib from and adopt the policies from down here), I have a close(r) view of the impacts and end results of these policies.
To which should be our focus. Like all elections, this one is about policy. It is not about popularity or pageantry, it is about the theories and temperament of governance, the passing of bills, the direction of our laws, the shaping of our systems, and, most importantly, the results thereof.
And the results of the policies and politics favoured by the Conservative party (and their Republican role models) are not great. In so many ways and by so many measures they have not brought and do not bring what is best for the country, its lands, or most of its people. Continue reading