- I will start by saying I never voted anything but NDP until last time, but they were screwing up just too much. I was pro fast ferries, I was pro Glen Clark, but you can’t talk the talk and then do everything possible to screw small business by handing out grants to compete against them and signing off big deals with mega business to win their union workers’ votes.
- I agreed with many of the cuts to public service, and the freezes in contracts. The kitchen staff at the hospital does NOT deserve wages equal to an RN or even a practical. The forestry office does not require more staff than the largest sawmill in the district. The school board does not require a huge IT staff and skimps on teachers who have to ask me how to burn a CD and hide the newest equipment so the ‘kids don’t screw it up’, or cut special needs to afford that IT dept. I have a special contempt for those public workers who hold their noses in the air and act like they’re more valuable to society than Joe at the mill, Fred at the tire shop or Sam the welder, bitch about the town they live in, work here Mon to Friday and screw off to spend every nickel they earned in Prince George, Edmonton and Vancouver every weekend.
The NDP was very good at encouraging attitudes like that by sending Ministerial staff to tell them how we’re all a bunch of redneck hicks and the people in Victoria knew so much better what was good for us, and ignoring all input from non NDP ridings.
- Dave pointed this out in another thread: an idiot is at least 2 standard devialtions below normal intelligence. Our NDP candidate is only -1. Our Liberal I don’t like, I don’t really know but at least he can honestly claim to be a zero. I admit to being an elitist, if the Green was a +2 they might win my vote.
- It is not the time for a change in gov’t. Radical swings cause major economic headaches. Emotional ones too, because when it’s time to change I will get off my ass and go campaign for change. I don’t feel like that this time.
- My riding has a hopeless history. When I came here it was a disgraced Socred who couldn’t do dick. Then the retards here voted in one of the last Socreds so he couldn’t do dick. Then we went Liberal and Glen Clark got in so he couldn’t do dick. Then he won again, rode in on Gordo’s horse and promptly shot the legs off it so we got screwed again. The Libs are going to take this one too, they’ll have a real opposition this time, but they’ll win. And it would be nice, for once to have an MLA that could do something for us.
- The provincial NDP has no talent pool. Carol James is an ‘at least we might win a seat or two with her instead of losing the two we have left with one of the other choices’ leader. The field of candidates is lacking, you need business people, ex-mayors, successful ethnics, noteables to be among the running. The Liberals have this. The NDP doesn’t. You need a talent pool that knows about the field they can effect. Someone who knows about forestry, knows about tourism, knows about ports. The Liberals have people who know. They might not ‘get it’ but they know something about it. All the NDP candidates I’ve met know about unions, education, social work and hospitals. They don’t ‘get it’ at all that the forests, seas, mines, ports and tourist flow determine the raison’d’etre of their knowledge. Gonna teach to earn degrees in unemployment, super-service them by hand to fill out the welfare forms, and give them private rooms with personal MRIs when they shoot or drink their livers away in despair?
- Only the Liberals are delivering a positive message. All the ads I hear are NDP ones attacking Gordo and offer no positive message or reason to choose them instead. This again is a lack of talent. The Liberals don’t have tp spend 5 cents on advertising because Gordo’s name and the Liberal party have been repeated for free. We have a slogan in our Internet shop: >You don’t have to “tell us” how good our service is< We don’t display it outside because in people’s heads it rings a “Bell” and a huge number of people think bigger must be better, and off they go.
And this is for Rupert people: If you choose to elect an NDP member, you will not ‘suffer the wrath’ under the Liberals. They will know they had a member and lost him. They will try to woo your votes back. Stalling the seal-coating project in Hooterville might 'learn ‘em a lesson’, but messing a port around will affect the whole province. Enjoy your options.
Consider all this and feel free to give a thoughtful reply. We really really need a third option free of zealots and dogmas that can run this place without losing track of the big picture. The rest of Canada thinks Alberta is ‘Western Canada’ and we’re just a bunch of flakes. We’re bigger than Alberta and we have more stuff. Let’s act like it.