It’s sometimes difficult to see through the attack ads, slandering, and the misleading information from the individuals who are vowing to keep our country afloat. Harper’s Conservatives wasted no time in springing to attack Liberal Party Leader, Justin Trudeau, on national television. The Conservatives have spent over $750 million of taxpayer dollars on advertisements since 2006, perhaps the most controversial being the immense revenue needed to air commercials during NHL playoffs on Trudeau’s ability to be an effective prime minister.
During this passive-aggressive advertisement, Harper spills misleading information regarding Trudeau and the Liberals, most notably a man’s statement regarding income splitting for families. “I guess pension splitting for seniors is next,” says the man. The fact is, the Liberals have stood out in support for pension splitting for seniors.
It should be noted that there are campaign spending limits; the Conservatives wisely spent this money before calling an 11-week, 78 day campaign which is the longest in modern Canadian history.
Environmental issues have also taken a place on the main stage, with Harper’s record getting dissected by his opponents. Harper states that Canada has seen its only decline in carbon emissions under his government, which is technically true. However, both occurred in succession in 2008-9, and are heavily attributed to the recession as opposed to greener technology. The fact is, Harper’s Conservatives have closed libraries and destroyed scientific information on fisheries and oceans, backed out of the Kyoto Protocol, and have stated Canada will not reach our emission targets of 2020.
Marijuana law reform has been an issue that has been brought up on multiple occasions as well. Harper has stated that the majority of Canadians do not believe there should be any changes to the laws. However, a recent poll done by Ipsos shows that 65% support either decriminalization/legalization, while 35% state they would prefer either tough penalties or for the laws to remain the same.
During the Maclean’s debate, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair took fire at Harper’s claim to economic stability and having the best fiscal situation in the G7. Mulcair stated, “He’s trying to hide the fact that we are in a deficit again. Every outside analyst agrees with that. The Parliamentary Budget Officer is categorical about that. It is eight deficits in a row. It is $150 billion that he’s added to the debt. And Mr. Harper’s job creation record is the worst since the Second World War.”
Elizabeth May from the Green Party also pointed out that “Net new jobs as an indicator of the health of our economy isn’t relevant when comparing it to other G-7 nations unless you correct for population growth…We’re in a recession under your watch for the second time.”
These are some stunning accusations, yet all the information checks out as being factual. In my opinion, Canada still is the greatest country in the world, but it can certainly be improved.
On October 19th, you be the judge. Be sure to cast your ballot for the party which reflects your beliefs.