Early election call unfair says reader
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