Tuesday, January 17, 2006

the liberals and westjet theory

I was really, really hoping that my next post would be announcing my niece or nephew's arrival into the world but that's currently a work in progress. So in the meantime . . . . Liberals and WestJet theory.

The election is getting pretty close. At some point before next Monday I plan to spend some time on CBC's Canada Votes to educate myself a little better on the issues at hand. In the meantime however I have a theory. The Liberal party is like WestJet.

Remember a few years back when WestJet had some mechanical trouble and the whole fleet got grounded? Not long afterward they were back in the sky and I mentioned to a pilot friend of mine that there was no way I'd trust a WestJet plane. He pointed out that it was actually the very best time to fly WestJet. He mentioned that because WestJet had just been slapped they had gone over every inch of every plane in the fleet. He argued that at that moment there wasn't a safer fleet in the sky than WestJet.

Which makes me think of the Liberals. They just got slapped pretty publicly and so my theory is that the Liberals are not such a bad bet. They've had to seriously clean-up their act. They've been scrutinized, audited and publicly flogged (quite rightly). They screwed up enormously but here's the thing -- do any of us really believe that all of the other parties aren't running some scheme of their own? At least I know what the Liberals are up to and for a few weeks at least we've put a stop to it. The others just haven't been caught recently.

Will I vote based on this theory? I haven't decided yet. I've still got a week. But I will vote. Democracy doesn't ask all that much of us. If you can't be bothered to vote, the exists are mostly to the south.

7 comments:

Nikki said...

That is a good theory but I think you should vote Conservative...

But that is just my thoughts...


luv ya auntie claire!!!

/coli

coli's dad said...

Wow, that little girl has quite a political opinion already. Good thing you live in a predominately Conservative riding... that way even if you are undecided, the liberals will still not win your riding. I don't think comparing a business to a government is fair though. If the Liberals had to be scrutinized like a business, they would be bankrupt or in jail for their actions. Just because they have been exposed doesn't mean they will clean up their act, only hide it better next time. It is time for a change. The scare-mongering of the Liberals won't work this time (I hope).

JAnie & DAve said...

Hey Claire,

I don't like to get too political on blogs, and I like the sound of your theory, but I dunno. It seems to me that it's not exactly the first time the Liberals have been caught, but they're obviously slow learners.

Me? I'm not voting Liberal OR Conservative. No chance.
-Dave

westcoastloon said...

Well I never actually said I was voting Liberal. . . .

Ove the past couple of days I've been considering voting Green but I need to read up a little more on their platform before I make a decision. Personally, I think the Conservatives are going to win, I just haven't decided if I want to be part of that or not.

westcoastloon said...

re: the Liberals/ business analogy I have to agree with you. If we held them to business standards they would be bancrupt. But if we applied the same rule across the board I'm not sure that there would be anyone left to vote for.

issachar said...

Well I'm going to be voting Conservative on Monday. I just don't buy what the Liberals are selling. They've had multiple spending scandals and their main argument appears to be to insinuate that Mr. Harper is George Bush in disguise. Their campaign is based on FUD. I won't reward that.

Oh, and the latest version of the attack ad strategy is here. I'm hoping no one was stupid and morally bankrupt enough to officially sanction that smear.

Fundamentally though, I like the policies the Conservatives have put forward. Not all of them, but you don't get that in a representative democracy. I watched Peter Mansbridge interview Stephen Harper last night. Mr. Harper was good. (I wish I had a link to a video).

It's time to change the guard. Vote Conservative.

issachar said...

Although the attack ads are good for one thing... They're good fodder for John Stewart. Watch the clip about the new Osama tape and Indecision 2006.