I would say until about 2 months ago I knew next to nothing about what the 4 Canadian party’s platforms looked like. I was confident in my knowledge of the way the elections worked but I had never bothered to actually look into what the party’s stood for. I remember in middle school we did a unit on the structure of the Provincial and Federal elections but we never even touched on what any of the party’s stood for.
As I started to research the different parties and their values and I looked at the current party in the conservatives and I found that there are very few people that are pleased with the job the conservative party has been doing. After our in class conversation where we talked about the two right wing party’s combining into one I started to think about the effect that had on the election. I started to think about what party I favoured, I realised that my vote is split between the two major left wing party’s with the NDP and Liberal. My worry is that the rest of Canada feels the same way and because there are two major left wing party’s and only one right wing party, the votes for the left wing party’s will be split possibly allowing the conservatives to move in and get another term.
When I look at the Conservative party it is pretty hard to find any of their values that line up with mine. I like the NDP and Liberal take on trying to improve the life of the middle class, but I think in an idea world they would be focusing on improving the life of the lower class, trying to get people off the streets and give help to those who need it. The only problem with that being that a majority of the lower class and the homeless do not vote and for that reason no successful party wants to put their time and energy into it and that starts a vicious cycle, the people who need the most help tend to have the lowest voter turnout, thusly political party’s do not target them in their campaigns. While I think it’s important to better the lives of everyone and taking from those who have more to better those who do not is a good idea but the Liberals and NDP aren’t really targeting those who need it most, they are targeting those who will vote for them.
In my opinion that is the problem with politics. That ultimately the people in charge will do whatever they have to do to make sure that they get to maintain that power and if there is a group that needs help, even if they have nothing to give in return the government should help them. My ideal Canada is one where the homeless population is next to none, a society where there is UNCONDITIONAL help for people with substance abuse issues and poor living conditions. I think that is how the world as a whole should operate and it is starting to but I there is still so much grey area between those who help others for the legitimate benefit of the other group and those who do it just to ultimately benefit themselves. Though as we discussed in class on Friday there are many studies that suggest that if someone is put in a role of power they will abuse the power eventually. The world of politics is one where the political game decides who wins and who loses. The political game is one where those who are morally and ethically about helping others, end up losing. The people that look at it from a standpoint of ‘how can I get myself in power’ end up winning and that is something that needs to be changed.
There are lots of things on both the NDP and Liberal party’s agendas that will benefit society. With the NDP trying to lower the price of child care and the Liberals trying to bring “give the middle class a raise”. In terms of identity and economy I think the 2 left wing parties are headed in the right direction. When we look at geography the only party that have the environment as a major concern is the green party. I think that as a society we could benefit from the green party. They support almost the same things as the NDP and Liberal’s in terms of the other three major identity’s they just obviously just put more effort into helping the environment.
I honestly believe it would be beneficial to create one main left wing party. Combine the NDP, the Liberals, and the Green party. This would be beneficial for many reasons, firstly the morals and ethics of the three parties seem to line up almost identically, and secondly it would give them a much better chance in the elections. The way I see it the Conservatives made a really smart move creating one party and have been in power for a long time because of it. My proposition would be to see how this election goes and, if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. Create a single party, find a leader that has the betterment of the country truly at heart and I think that party would be almost unstoppable.