Learning about contemporary Canadian politics is a joy, and it has solidified some of my less-formed political beliefs and opinions.
As we have explored the four main narratives in Canadian politics, I find myself constantly returning to the Government thread. I follow the Economy and Geography threads very strongly as well, but Government is the most powerful and compelling conversation that the media holds when it comes to Canadian politics.
To me, Government is the most important and, when done right, most attractive narrative any party can offer. As a citizen of the country of Canada, I want to know exactly what services you will or will not offer me, what rights I will gain or lose, and what strategies you will take to make my life better. Government is the most actionable narrative, and thusly the one that holds the most immediate sway. To this end, perhaps it is already apparent why I find the Identity narrative rather pandering, and not very persuasive – I would rather hear about what you can promise me, as opposed to hearing about what I should embrace as my own heritage and nationality.
So which party is doing the best job with their Government promise?
In my opinion, as of now… the Liberal Party. With their:
- comprehensive plan to re-budget and improve healthcare and childcare;
- a demand to call a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women;
- a huge investment into nationwide affordable housing;
- the Transparency Act, which allows far greater accessibility from the public into government archives, government budgets and government actions;
- the abolishment of the Senate, a corrupt and bloated arm of government;
- a pro-legalization stance on marijuana; and,
- the introduction of bill-C551, which gives more oversight on National Security Agencies such as CSEC.
There is nothing in this list that I do not at least somewhat agree with, and because of that, I feel quite strong in the Liberal camp.
However, Mr. Justin Trudeau lost some major points with me recently, when he announced his decision to support bill-C51. The Liberal Party promises to revoke the bill if they win majority government.
Helping pass a bill so you can gain the votes of frustrated citizens who the bill affects most harshly? These are political games, and it reflects poorly on Trudeau.
Nonethless, I am pro-Liberal. A recent online survey, brought up by a fellow TALON (Fiona Mollon) only increased my solidarity with this particular party. They have my vote for the upcoming October 2015 Election (if I was old enough to vote).
I encourage you to take the survey yourself, and see if the results line up with your preferences!
Good luck with choosing your voting recipient!