Our provincial election is a week away. The long reigning Right party has split into two. Normally I would be thrilled about this since the Right had only one option while the Left had 3. Now it is:
Far Right Soc Cons who want to pass legislation that would allow interracial marriages to be refused, but have “hot” leader (imagine a brilliant Sarah Palin)
Middle Right Dynasty that has a new leader (imagine young Hilary Clinton) and trying to change but held back by ties to the resource extraction sector and a history of breaking electoral laws
Unknown Center Party
Middle Left Party led by a medical Dr. who got kicked out of MR Dynasty for revealing government bullying doctors
Middle Left Party led by quiet person who can’t get a word in edgewise in debates
If you believe the newspapers and non CBC radio, the Far Right are the favourites. Why? I don’t know. They want to privatize health care, ban abortion, repeal homosexual rights, and take money away from long-term care homes, schools, shelters, and infrastructure to keep taxes low. We already have the lowest taxes in the country. We do not have enough long-term care homes, schools or shelters.
I know we are supposed to be mini-Texas, but really? They tried this stuff already and its not working.
Candidates from Far Right Crazies include a former white-supremacist and man who is trying to get rid of anti-bullying campaigns in schools. Each candidate has to pay $1000 damage deposit that will be returned to them after the election if they don’t say anything too stupid. Only their ‘hot’ leader is meeting with the press. Other candidates are even refusing to talk to people they meet on the street.
I know that our city’s major newspaper has strong ties to the Far Right leader and am hoping that they are incorrect. Our city’s mayor is a young Muslim professor (of economics) who led our Pride parade. I refuse to believe that people who vote for someone like him will turn around and vote for someone who believes homophobic bullying should be protected by law.