You can always count on American political campaigns to get down and ugly in the weeks leading up to an election. Canadian campaigns were always just a little more, well, civilized in my memories.
However, in recent years, our government’s shenanigans have begun to rival a plot on House of Cards. Politicians are being arrested and charged with everything from fraud to assault to theft. Scandals are cropping up every week – without the help of Shonda Rhimes, I might add.
And now we’re just days away from choose our next prime minister and the muck raking is just getting thicker.
The television ads started with jabs at Justin Trudeau’s age and lack of experience. My question is, how many candidates have had experience as a Prime Minister? All our PM’s started with zero experience in the job.
Another popular strategy in the campaign ads is to generalize and summarize the other candidates’ platforms. I say, don’t tell me what the other guy is planning to do. Let him lie to me for himself. Tell me what you’re offering for the next few years so I can guess which promises you’ll likely break.
The point of having various parties involved in the government was to ensure that differing views were always considered. Who wants a bunch of yes-men following you into the abyss? Unfortunately, the parties have tended to focus on tearing each other down instead of building our country up. Apparently, they forgot they’re all supposed to be working together to make the system work for all.
These days, working together is a sign of weakness. And if you can’t say anything good about somebody, then you’re in the right party.
Unfortunately, the non-partisan media isn’t always helpful in disseminating the information, despite hundreds of interviews and extensive news coverage. The truth is you need a PhD in economics to figure out if each party’s numbers actually work. And if the average Canadian was good at budgeting, we wouldn’t owe one and a half times what we make (according to 2011 statistics).
And their language doesn’t help. What exactly does it mean to “invest in jobs”? Which jobs? How much? Because if someone’s handing out cash, I’m there.
Then there are the public debates. This should clarify the issues. However, even the candidates themselves can’t decide who won. And not all the parties are even invited – which is just plain rude.
So who’s coming out on top right now? Depending on which day you look at which poll, the party of the current autocrat is slightly ahead but voters would prefer the kid with the cool hair at the helm. And apparently the one with the manic Muppet smile is starting to wear a little thin.
But let’s be honest, most Canadians are so confused right now that (to paraphrase an old joke) asking us who would make the best Prime Minister is like asking who would make the best cat: Toto, Lassie, or Scooby Doo.