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Election Thingy: the environment

Posted by John / January 17, 2006

gp.gifI can't speak for everybody at Midnight Poutine, but I've been avoiding any kind of proselytizing on the impending federal election for a number of reasons. First of all, nothing has really changed since the last election (which was pretty much a year ago); there have been no significant changes to party platforms, no major (new) scandals have emerged, the leaders are the same, etc. There's also the general sense of political uselessness many feel, possibly due to well-founded skepticism about Canada's so-called democratic system, where massive parties ostensibly represent individual people from different regions with vastly different social values and vastly different local economies. Or maybe it's the fact that, even if you accept the party system, they still have the ol' Senate to approve everything, an unelected club of rich assholes who have the final say on any legislation. Awesome!

I'm all for expressing one's disillusionment with the current system by simply not voting. I don't buy the arguments of overly earnest people who say "if you want change, get involved," a sentiment echoed on those inane Elections Canada ads with the guy who stands there and doesn't rap.

Anyway, I hereby declare a moratorium on my moratorium on posts about the election, if only to provide those of you interested in it with information that I stumble upon.

So, if you are planning on voting, here's an interesting survey by Greenpeace on fundamental environmental issues. It's perhaps no surprise that the Conservative Party is the only one of the "big five" that has not responded. Also, the nuanced answers of the Bloc Québécois are additionally interesting for their rhetorical strategy.



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