Monday, August 31, 2009

ALL KINDS OF ELECTION TALK

This has been a big year for elections. We had a contentious election in Iran that everyone protested and which got a lot of press, and then we had a presidential election in Afghanistan that the opposition there has complained about, and we have an election this September in Germany. Meanwhile, in Japan they had a vote this weekend and the government got drubbed. The Liberal Democrats were routed by the Democratic Party of Japan, ending some 50 years of almost uninterrupted rule.

Meanwhile the Liberals are in Sudbury for three days, in meetings to contemplate pulling the plug on the Conservatives this fall and ending this Parliament. That would force what is turning into an annual event in this country -- yet another election!!!

The talk all summer long has been that new leader Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals will force an election over the unemployment insurance issue -- an absulutely dumb, unneccessary thing to do. I mean really, we had an election last year, and another one two and a half years before that, and another one a year and a half before that. How many more elections must the Liberals lose before they give up all this sabre-rattling?!

This country has had too many elections and too much parliamentary instability. We had that "Coalition" attempt by the opposition last year, which thankfully got thwarted. My feeling is the Liberals may try another "Coalition" attempt again and use a fall election and the results of it -- whatever they may be -- as their way to try and legitimize it.

The last thing we need is yet another election -- but the Liberals don't seem too interested in taking their defeat like men. Or women.

Instead, they seem more interested in trying to figure out ways to seize power again -- although I notice not all Liberals are thrilled about another election, especially with the polls the way they are. Apparently the party is split on the issue.

Personally, I don't want or need another election this fall, I have enough on my plate as it is. I really don't want to see negative campaign ads cluttering up my football games on TV this fall. These "political pros" need to give electioneering a rest and the sabre-rattling a rest, and they all need to try and work for the good of the country.

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