My Vote is Sealed

Thursday, September 11, 2008
I heart Jack Layton. I have for quite some time. Oh sure, I joke and suggest his mustache makes him look like a 70s porn star but it's done out of love. The ever insightful Candy Minx included the following YouTube clip of an interview Jack did on Lou Dobbs (CNN) earlier this year in one of her most recent posts on the upcoming Canadian federal election.

Over the course of the past year, thanks to the massive coverage of the upcoming American federal election, I've become a bit of a fan of Mr. Dobbs. I don't agree with all of his views but I do support a number of them and I appreciate the fact that he's not afraid to buck the current two-party system ingrained in the American political machine. I was quite happy to see that he was interviewing Jack on his show and not Dion or Harper, the leaders of our two major parties.

Layton's stand (which I was previously not clear on) on Free Trade, NAFTA, and the economy during the interview was the proverbial nail in the coffin for me. I was 99.975 % positivie that I was going to vote NDP anyway but was happy to hear his thoughts on the mess that is the North American Free Trade Agreement (which on the surface sounds like a great idea but certainly hasn't worked out well for most folks). I know my hope of an NDP government with Jack as PM is a bit of pipedream but that doesn't mean I'm not going to do my part in trying to make it happen.

I'm not going to urge anyone to vote for anyone in particular (NDP...NDP...NDP...). Instead, I'm hoping that folks make an informed decision this time around. Please please please! Do your research. Look closely at what each candidate in your particular riding, and their federal parties, is supporting and find the one that most closely matches your own personal views. Seriously think about the direction you want this country to move in. Look at the big picture. And for pete's sake, get out there and VOTE! on October 14th.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good job, making your informed decision already. I am still weighing options and will be making a decision between two parties. But I will be ready.

Gardenia said...

I think the "Free Trade Agreement" is a wacked out arrangement - it is driving our economy into the ground along with the wars, and illegal immigration. Sigh!

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