This government’s record on environmental protection has come under fire for its enthusiastic support of the Alberta Oil Sands and for proposals to build pipelines to carry the products to the coasts. Their financial plans have also been thrown into disarray by the precipitous drop in world petroleum prices. In the past eight months, the value of Canadian currency has dropped about 25% in relation to the US currency.
Polls taken to test the will of the electorate have not given the Conservatives comfort.
There are three major parties in the race. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is headed by Thomas Mulcair and the Liberals headed by Justin Trudeau. The fourth party with sitting members is the Green Party headed by Elizabeth May. In Quebec the Bloc Quebecois headed by Giles Duceppe. He is not seated. In Canada, independents may run and if elected are seated.
The NDP was the official opposition in the now dissolved government.
It is difficult to pin down the most important plank in each party’s platform. The following statements were gleaned from the official web site. I chose to select the statement/slogan that was placed first.
Conservative Party of Canada – protecting Canadians from the threat of terror
NDP – ready for change
Liberal – it’s time for real change
Green – a Canada that works. Together
Bloc Quebecois – Their page does not translate well from the French. They are the party that maintains that the Province of Quebec should separate from the rest of Canada. They run only in that province.
While each party must pay for its campaign out of party funds, the election process is expensive to the taxpayer as well. An early call of 11 weeks means that the bureaucratic process must gear up early as well with all its attendant expenses.
The election will take place October 19.
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