Just in case you need it handy, here is your Constitution. Apparently, there is no age requirement for the House of Commons, which strikes me as odd. You’ve got about twelve more years before they’ll let you be a Senator, though.
And since Canada doesn’t, to the best of my knowledge, have anything resembling a libertarian party, I might as well root for you, since you’re smart and honest, even if I disagree with you about everything political.
-Health care. The Liberals cut billions from health care, trying to balance the budget by sheer chainsaw economics. It’s been devastating; emergency rooms are overcrowded and nurses have been striking. Alberta has been moving towards a two-tiered medicare system in defiance of the Canada Health Act, and Ottawa hasn’t had the balls to try and stop them. Canadians insist and insist that they are proud of their medicare system and want it to work for everyone, and successive governments hack it to shreds as though a sufficient period of mutilation will make the citizenry drop its commitment to it. The NDP is committed to universial socialized medicare and intends to fund it and defend it as it deserves.
-Unemployment. The Liberals trumpet the unemployment figures without noticing that a low jobless rate is useless if the quality of life hasn’t improved. Most of the jobs lost during the Mulroney years were full-time positions with benefits, and much of the jobs that have been created in response have been part-time jobs and unsecured positions without benefits, and self-employment. Nonetheless, they refuse to reinforce social structures to account for the social difficulties effected by this shift. The NDP will push for social and employment programs to ease the social strain created by these transitions.
-Taxation. Tax cuts are nice. However, everyone else seems to want tax cuts for the rich. They argue that the rich invest more and stimulate the economy. However, it is the lower and lower-middle-class who spend the most locally. A far greater percentage of low-income earners’ money goes to local businesses than that of high-income earners. If the intent is to stimulate the Canadian economy, the NDP believes that the focus of tax cuts must be on the poor, not the rich.
-Globalization. World markets are a reality, but there is no reason for us to put up with being forced to the lowest common denominator. We do not allow multinational corporations to sell crack in Canada; we are under no obligation to permit them to destroy our society in other ways. The NDP supports Canadian economic sovereignty and protection of social and environmental programs from those external economic forces which buffet them. In particular, we would like to see negotiations on a Tobin Tax (a minuscule tax designed to slow currency speculation)commence. We are opposed to entering the FTAA negotiations.
Hell, that was just because he needed to go out to the toilet!
Good luck Matt!
Right, how long will it take to delete all trace of you from the board? You can’t let the electorate know that they’ll be getting a literate man who can write, is funny, intelligent and cares about things…
Federal NDP, I hope, isn’t as bad as Provincial NDP. BC Sucks. When the Maritimes are projected to do better than your home province, you know you suck bad.
Good luck Matt.
How seats does the NDP hold in Parliment?