The current federal government, led by Stephen Harper, has been in power since 2006. He leads the Conservative party.
The main rivals vying for the job of Prime Minister are:
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal party, and mostly known for being the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (who people either seem to love or hate with a fiery passion).
Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP (New Democratic Party). Mulcair has been a politician for a while, but as the NDP are traditionally the 3rd place party, he hasn't had a lot of time in the limelight.
I could go on for quite a while about why I think Harper has done, and will continue to do a terrible job, so I thought I'd start a thread in case piggypie, hammer, E or any other Canadians may want to comment/educate Lynx/etc
Do you think big money controls politics?
If you have a favorite Stephen Harper take-down you want me to read that covers your main complaints, I'd be happy to do so.
Since they've come into power they have:
* reduced environmental protections in favour of more resource exploitation (largely the Alberta oil sands, but the effect is across the country)
* reduced funding to the CBC (the public broadcaster)
* tried to ban people from wearing a niqab during citizenship ceremonies (it got struck down by the Supreme Court)
* refused to attend the regular meeting with the provincial leaders (Premiers)
* reduced the health care transfer payments
* been embroiled in scandals in the Senate - several Harper appointed Senators have been found guilty of misspending public funds. Some paid the money back, and one major Senator (Mike Duffy) is currently on trial because it was sooooo ridiculous in his case
* have increased audits of not-for-profit organizations that are opposed to Harper's policies (and reduced funding for others). Most are environmental or ones that do health care overseas
And this is just the short list I can remember off the top of my head
Harper made changes to Election Canada. Preventing them from encouraging the public to vote, talking about elections and running mock elections in high schools any longer.
The most recent is the security bill C51 that the UN is saying is a violation of human rights.
The treatment of our veterans is another concern about this government. They made changes to the benefit wanting to give veterans a one time payout. They make veterans prove that they are still disabled year after year, yup the leg is still gone or nope my eye is still glass.
The senate scandal is also involving the PM's office because after the audit that showed Duffy needed to repay $19,000 to the tax payers the PM's chief of staff wrote a check for the amount. I haven't heard what account that check was drawn on though and Harper denied any knowledge of the matter. However there are emails that indicate he knew.
There is the use of Cpp money to balance the budget.
There is the Canada Post issue. Where the government basically forced CP to sell itself by declaring that they needed to have money to cover all their long term liabilities. So CP is now making sweeping changes to mail delivery
This benefit used the be based on income levels and tax free
Which assumes that parents don't know how to math.
I would much rather have the NDP platform proposal of a national $15/day daycare plan than this taxable BS
They amounted to a pizza for the average family. Not to mention, much more for the wealthy!
Don't know how much there is to it, but I read something about some firefighters who refused to sing the national anthem for Harper. Another site said this was fake news.
This means that:
1) this election campaign will be 11 weeks (which is very long for us)
2) it was also a blatant attempt to outspend/bankrupt the rival parties' campaign funds, since they can't raise as many campaign contributions (not being connected to big oil and all)
The other thing that happens is even if the individual representative is against a bill they have to vote with the party or get kicked out. So if everyone in the area is emailing their MP (or MLA) saying they don't want a certain bill passed but the party supports it they have to vote the way the party tells them to. How is that good for the people?
Here's an analysis of the Canadian election (don't know how representative it is. That there are 3 candidates instead of two, makes it harder to unseat Harper.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/03/1408458/-A-once-soc ... ian-Election
The NDP traditionally are the third place party. Usually the Liberals or the Tories are in the lead, so this will be an interesting campaign since the NDP seem to be in the top two this time around.
There is SO much anti Harper/Cons on my FB feed that it's overwhelming. Not that I promote violence, but I often wonder what would have happened if he'd been shot during the attack on Parliament Hill rather than hiding in the closet.
The Greens would be more of a fourth party, since they at least have candidates in all provinces and some of the territories.
My FB feed is pretty similar. Of course, most of my friends are NDP or Lib, so not entirely surprising . . .
My wish is that everywhere, people learn what they can about government - hopefully they live in countries where their involvement counts.