Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Holy Crap, I forgot the election!

It's provincial election day and I forgot to blog about it. In short my feeling on elections is this: I don't care who you vote for, as long as you go out and do it. Of course I have my political leanings but in Canada that doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot. Also I'm more inclined to get involved in Federal politics because well I just don't really care very much about provincial politics.

Oddly enough I still haven't decided who I'm going to vote for. I've been looking at websites and pulling up platforms for the last couple of weeks. I've also been talking to some people who are deeply moved by provincial politics. It's weird because I just moved so I don't really know what the issues are in my area, so I have to rely on my own issues and given that I'm really starting a new chapter in my life I don't even know what those are. So I'm going to go with Homer Simpson on this one and list one good thing and one bad thing from each party's platform (or at least the 3 major ones), these are not necessarily the major issues by any means but they are campaign promises. In no particular order:

  • Good: Improved community Mental Health funding. As someone who has spent a lot of time on health care waiting lists I can only see this as helpful to mental health patients.
  • Bad: Extending "aging out" of children under the Child welfare system from 18 to 21. Uh-huh so we're going to have to pay for cigarettes and booze for these kids for another 3 years. GREAT!
Progressive Conservative
  • Good: 1% PST reduction. I like buying stuff and I don't like taxes. Enough said.
  • Bad: Promise to bring back the Jets. Don't get me wrong I'd love to have an NHL team in Winnipeg, but this is just ridiculous. Seriously if you're going to make campaign promises at least try to make ones you could pretend to keep.
New Democratic Party
  • Good: 60% tuition rebate for new grads. As a new grad I think this is pretty smart. At the same time we don't pay that much in tuition as it is and it's not after graduation when we need the money (unless you've got an Arts degree) it's when you're in school.
  • Bad: Dedicated MRI for children. While a nice thought the wait times for MRI's in Manitoba are huge right now. Why not just promise new MRI's, period? It seems silly to limit it to one group of the population. You could always just have children's MRI's as a priority. Just a thought.

So in conclusion politicians are dumb and I'm still no closer to determining who to vote for.

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