I don’t think it’s any surprise that I apparently agree with Jack Layton and the NDP more often than any other party, according to the CBC’s Vote by Issue Quiz. But there were only 12 issues in the whole thing, so you can see that there must be a lot of overlap. Also not surprising. Flip flopping is a distinct possibility.
The one thing that definitely isn’t surprising is that Harper’s Conservatives don’t quite agree with me. Something that’s really been bugging me about them lately is this mantra they keep throwing around: “Canadians want change.”
Stop telling me what I want!
Yes, I’m aware of the irony of that statement, having just used an online quiz to find out which party I agree with most. Also ironically, I come from one of the only two ridings in the country that elected a conservative member of parliament — albeit a Progressive one — in the election of ’93 that saw the PCs go from a majority of 169 seats to just 2.
I may be pretty close to the NDP, Liberals, and even almost in line with the Bloc (at least on a few things), but there’s no way I’m going to cross into Conservative territory.
And yet things seem to be going in their favour lately. The funny thing is, though, that I only know that the Conservatives are doing really well because the various media outlets keep telling me that the Conservatives are doing really well. I bet there’s a fairly sizable portion of the population that will now vote Conservative because everybody else is, or even more likely just not bother to vote at all because it seems such a sure thing. I wish I controlled a major newspaper or television network so that I could publish all sorts of fake stories about how the NDP has 60% national support and it’s almost a sure thing that they’ll get a majority government. Maybe it’ll just create a backlash against the NDP… but maybe not…
Campaign Confidential on The National today talked about how the NDP has been doing so far. It’s definitely going to be either Harper or Martin as the big PM on E-day, but how much power the NDP will have is still up in the air. I think I could live with a Conservative minority government if the NDP came out with the balance of power. That way the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc can team up and stop the Conservatives from doing anything stupid.