At the request of the PM, the governor-general has pulled the plug on the current government, and we have another election to look forward to.
It'll be an interesting race; as we have two new players to the race: the Liberals' new leader, Stephane Dion, and the Green Party, Elizabeth May; May has been around for ages, but apparently can now participate in leader debates since there's finally a Green party MP sitting.
It's going to be a very interesting race; as pretty much predicted; Alberta is pretty much a Conservative stronghold, but the party wants to make headway in Ontario (specifically the 905 and in Toronto) because that's pretty much Liberal red.
Liberals have had a rough going since the last election; Stephane Dion hasn't been an especially marketable leader, and his English is very rough and that won't impress people west of Ontario. However, Stephen Harper will be painted as someone who didn't move the economy nearly enough, and his support of the American military actions and defiance of the Kyoto Accord will be targets of Dion, who's going to push his Green Shift plan. Harper will probably fire back with another cut to the GST.
And Jack Layton and the NDP? They'll try to market themselves as the alternative. "Tired of the Liberals and Conservatives? The NDP is your party" is what they'll be preaching.
My prediction: The Liberals are NOT going to win this; and I believe that the Conservatives will gain a majority.
Conservatives will win a minority again. It's quite possible that literally nothing changes in this election, thus making it a giant waste of time. The only bright side from it will be that Dion gets turfed and the Liberals can hopefully get a real leader in there.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
I live in Saskatchewan. Specifically, (former Liberal finance minister) Ralph Goodale's riding. Goodale will take his riding and the Conservatives will sweep the rest of the province. I will likely vote Green or NDP (despite being a registered Rhino) since I lean that way and it really doesn't matter who I vote for - the outcome (at least locally) has already been determined.
Originally posted by KJames199I live in Saskatchewan. Specifically, (former Liberal finance minister) Ralph Goodale's riding. Goodale will take his riding and the Conservatives will sweep the rest of the province. I will likely vote Green or NDP (despite being a registered Rhino) since I lean that way and it really doesn't matter who I vote for - the outcome (at least locally) has already been determined.
Same. But I'm the kind of guy who votes Liberal in the Saskatchewan provincial election, so I've always been a throw-my-vote-away kind of guy. (Provincial Liberal candidates are almost exclusively college students looking for something to look good on their resume, rather than serious candidates.)
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Originally posted by hansen9jSame. But I'm the kind of guy who votes Liberal in the Saskatchewan provincial election, so I've always been a throw-my-vote-away kind of guy. (Provincial Liberal candidates are almost exclusively college students looking for something to look good on their resume, rather than serious candidates.)
I throw my vote away when I can afford to do so. It's like, if you know the mayor's getting re-elected no matter what, then you can vote for the guy who works at the grocery store bakery because he seems like he'd really appreciate it. Or the crazy guy who wants to build a series of yogic peace and love centres. Or the dude who wants to build a dome over downtown Saskatoon... oh wait, he got elected and that was maybe a bad idea.
Originally posted by The GoonWoo-hoo...? I don't know that this election was REALLY necessary, but here we are. At least it's a short campaign.
The Conservative ads with Stephen Harper sitting around in a sweater vest really creep me out.
Yeah, it was inevitable; Harper met with the leaders of all the parties (not named GREEN) and discussed terms. In a way, he was holding Parliment hostage.
Jack Layton's been really irking me with his "Stephen Harper quit his job, and I want his job, please give me a job" spiel. It's old, and he sounds like a beggar.
I really HATE the treatment that Harper's giving Elizabeth May. Big f*cking deal that her ideals and platform are similar to the Liberals...she is the leader of her party, it's a Federal party with a candidate running in every riding in the country; let her speak. Harper's acting petty, and I think that may affect his vote, especially from those who list the environment as their number one priority and focus this election.
If there's any crime in this election, THE GOON has it right, Harper looks downright creepy. Hey, Harper: Mr. Rogers called, he wants his sweater back.
Some of you may have heard of the fire going on in the NE corner of Minnesota, which is a huge undeveloped forest area called Boundary Waters Canoe Area. I just found this site that has two pages worth of the fire from this past Sunday.