There is more than one sense in which the recent Canadian election marks the change of a dynasty. The names have changed but, with one exception, up until now the majority of British Columbian representatives sent to parliament have been Conservative since 1974. After 1993, when the Reform party made its’ appearance, they have usually been elected in more than 20 seats. The events that brought about their downfall are so similar to the situation developing in the Pacific NorthWest that they should be studied together. There are repercussions when a government betrays its’ people.
The extent of the LIberal victory is not unbelieveable. Once Canadians knew that our choice was either Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau, most of the votes against the Conservatives were marked Liberals. This was not a choice on Vancouver Island, where the only alternative seemed like the NDP. Yet in the midst of this negativity, the vision of a government that truly represents the will of the people was born. The Liberals were able to sieze hold of this. Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?
With only five days left until the election, a new poll commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative shows the NDP losing the lead it had only a month ago, while both the Conservatives and Liberals surging ahead. Mario Canseco, of the market research company Insights West, says “it is a very close race,” but the poll shows Harper trailing in 7 key BC Ridings.
The English Consortium debates have part of Canadian elections since 1968. Around 11 million Canadians watched watched the so-called “people’s debate” – televised by CBC, CTV, Global, and Tele-Quebec – in 2011. This election will be different. In the video below, Elizabeth May explains why there will be no English Consortium Debate
After months of what has been called a “three way horse race,” the choices are getting clearer. As the narrator from one of the latest Conservative attack ads puts it, “It’s Decision Time, Liberal or Conservative?”