Early elec­tion call un­fair says reader

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

All the rhetoric, in­clud­ing those bor­ing tele­vi­sion de­bates, will mes­mer­ize vot­ers who most likely won’t re­mem­ber or re­call im­por­tant de­tails on elec­tion day.

The essence of democ­racy is or is sup­posed to be or is in­tended to be fair­ness for all. Not so with this Harper gov­ern­ment in Ot­tawa it seems.

The quick call by Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper for what will be a long, drawn-out fed­eral elec­tion (long­est in mod­ern history) that will cost count­less mil­lions of dol­lars is grossly un­fair to splin­ter par­ties, like the Green party and the Bloc and to in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates. They ob­vi­ously don’t have the huge bankroll at hand like the Con­ser­va­tives, NDP and Lib­er­als have amassed.

All the rhetoric, in­clud­ing those bor­ing tele­vi­sion de­bates, will mes­mer­ize vot­ers who most likely won’t re­mem­ber or re­call im­por­tant de­tails on elec­tion day. Then there is the re­demp­tion fac­tor where prom­ises made early by var­i­ous can­di­dates can be changed later or er­rors in judg­ment can be made up for re­sult­ing in more con­fu­sion for the elec­torate (again).

For New­found­land and Labrador this elec­tion, we have on our doorstep is what is called a dou­ble whammy. Af­ter this long, drawnout, ridicu­lous cam­paign on the fed­eral scene, we then have to im­me­di­ately face a pro­vin­cial elec­tion in Novem­ber.

I don’t think the elec­torate at the mo­ment is in any mood for any elec­tion so early and this could re­sult in much ap­a­thy about the en­tire process and that is not good for the coun­try and cer­tainly not for cit­i­zens of this strug­gling (great) province.

Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

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