For the Economy AND Democracy: I’m Voting LIBERAL!
By Harvey Oberfeld
Saturday October 17th, 2015
Have to admit it: if I voted for just selfish reasons (low taxes, TFSA, new seniors deduction, low corporate taxes) I’d vote Harper/Tories.
But I see my Canada as MORE than just an opportunity for selfish aggrandisement: it also should be a country that practices and respects our freedoms, social justice, civil rights, environmental protection and, most of all, our RESPONSIBLE democratic intuitions and practices.
And could NOT support a leader/party stirring up anti-Muslim fears and prejudices, attacks unions and …don’t forget … appointed/rewarded Gordon Campbell as Canada’s High Commissioner to Britain.
That …. and a lot more …. means Harper/Tories are not for me in this election.
Mulcair scares me: he’s NO Jack Layton or Ed Broadbent. A total panderer to Quebec, anti resource development, anti TPP, would repeal the Clarity Act … his vision for Canada is just NOT a vision I share.
That … and a lot more … means Mulcair/NDP are not my choice in this election.
Trudeau … I have had my doubts and wrote some highly critical blogs about his lack of experience, etc … but I think the longer campaign has helped make me feel better about his vision of Canada.
There is no doubt … and anyone who travels in the UK, Europe or even the US … knows our infrastructure is well behind the times. When better to invest in Canada’s updating and economic support systems than when interest rates are so low, and tens of thousands of jobs could be created? Add to the deficit? We ALL do that when we buy into our own futures, with new car, a new home or renovate an older one … and enjoy the benefits, add to the economy …and pay it off over time. Doesn’t scare me …because I KNOW the Canadian economy and government revenues WILL improve as the global economy does too. (The Tories have run SIX deficits over the past seven years ..with NONE of those improvements.)
I admire Trudeau’s refusal to give in to or exploit the politics of fear; he WILL support the TPP; increase taxes on the wealthiest to provide tax breaks to the middle class; also take away “universal” tax breaks the wealthiest simply don’t need … and he’ll use the money instead to alleviate child poverty, and do more to respect and protect the environment than the current government has done.
I do worry about what I see as his foreign policy weaknesses, his stance on fully legalizing marijuana (bet that won’t be a priority) and whether the Liberal scandal list will be any shorter over time than the Tories’.
So I will not vote enthusiastically …. but many of YOUR comments about the leaders, the parties, the campaign have helped me reach my decision.
But among the top three, Trudeau and the Liberals would be a BETTER CHOICE this time than Harper/Tories or Mulcair/NDP.
I’ll vote Liberal on Monday.