Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Other Side of Paul - 2011 election version

A federal election is imminent here in Canada. Time to fly the colours, and get to work.

Here is one of my favourite quotes from Michael Ignatieff, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party:

"If the fragile internationalism of the myth of human brotherhood has returned as a moral force in the modern world, it is because partial human solidarities - those of religion, ethnicity, and class - have dishonored themselves by the slaughter committed in their names."

He's not an easy person to pigeon-hole, because he speaks in coherent and thoughtful sentences, not soundbites. He's an intellectual, who spent most of his career outside of party politics. In other words, he's everything our current Prime Minister is not.

I look forward to marking my "X" next to the Liberal Party's candidate in my riding. Voting is an almost existential moment that I cherish. It's the ultimate opportunity to be heard, and make a difference.

Paul Kimball


Red Pill Junkie said...

In Mexico, voting is equivalent to the choice between the lesser of two evils :-/

Terry the Censor said...

None of the leaders are very compelling, therefore I have trouble imagining any of them as evil. That seems to go for a lot of the electorate: the Conservatives were cited for contempt of parliament, which led to a non-confidence vote, yet that hasn't damaged Harper much.
His support seems to be based on a negative: voters loathe Ignatieff and, in Ontario, the provincial Liberals. Not that anyone respects Harper and his Caveman Party of Canada, but the options don't appeal to independents much.

This election will be another snoozer, the result pretty much the same as the last election, unfortunately.