Election matters that matter

Election matters that matter Why is it that the major political parties appear to want to limit our discussions to two or three topics? Are we viewed as a kindergarten electorate? At least, it certainly seems that way, don't you think? If it were not for

Why is it that the major political parties appear to want to limit our discussions to two or three topics?

Are we viewed as a kindergarten electorate? At least, it certainly seems that way, don’t you think?

If it were not for health care, the economy and iPod politics, just what would there be to talk about? The weather? Honestly, is the excitement of a new issue just too much for the “great unwashed” to handle?

Will Canadians turn all purple and fall on the floor kicking if a new issue is brought into the debate? I think not!

Why was Elizabeth May shoved out of the leadership debate, really? Of course, this had the immediate effect of leaving the environment totally out of the discussion, preventing us from learning that the Green Party is dead against nuclear power generation, here and elsewhere in the world, a key political point these days, one would think.

Recently I learned the Liberals and the NDP plan to legalize pot, prostitution, and euthanasia. In that order, perhaps? How do these initiatives square with the “Family Pack” one wonders … These last two issues at the least could really affect our futures much more than the next run of broken electoral promises ever, ever could.

Consider that in Germany, where prostitution was legalized in 2002, unemployed women were placed in the position of having to accept work in the oldest profession or risk losing their unemployment benefits. Look it up. Brothel owners offered real, paid work after all, and to decline it was now to incur the scorn of the state. Lazy women!

And euthanasia. A slippery slope if ever there was one! Some European countries are becoming very familiar with “selective treatment” and assisted suicide. We could start out talking “quality of life” and shortly find ourselves having our own “quality of life” determined by some arbitrary chart of life values. “Here comes the needle. I wasn’t expecting this today!” Euthanasia, like gun “control” and exuberant taxation is all well enough and fine until it happens to you!

Why don’t we get these things on the table before we’re forced to digest them?

Then we can all vote for the sort of governance we can personally tolerate. The way its being done these days, we are just listening to snake oil salesman, hiding half the facts to cement the deal. There needs to be a clear public statement of every party’s stance on All the issues? Yes? No?

Douglas James Martens

Teslin