So there are rumblings that a spring election wouldn't end up being about corporate tax cuts and fighter jets after all. Marlene Jenning's has suggested a non-confidence vote might be in the cards, prompting an election about democratic themes, like a lack of transparency. Music to the ears for those of us concerned about such things, but I think it's pretty well accepted that Canadians couldn't care less. If lack of transparency and unaccountability got Canadians excited the CPC wouldn't be flirting with a majority. "Oh but the Conservatives got elected on a platform of open government!" some might claim. No, they didn't, they got elected on a tough-on-crime and GST cutting platform, Liberal corruption, and western parochialism. They'll run the next election the same way, with an unhealthy amount of Iggy and elite-bashing thrown in. So, if the Liberals want any chance of improving their seat count they need to beat the Cons on policy. They can't do that with fuzzy rhetoric about democratic values. Even the policies Ignatieff has already talked about won't do the job. They need something serious and big that monopolises election coverage. I have no idea what that is. If I had my druthers it would be some sort of move towards a PR system, that would be a complete game changer, and a serious punch to the electoral stomach of the NDP (for this election). Doubt it will happen though, Liberal partisans still think they can form a majority government at some point. They can't. Canada's cartel system isn't working anymore and someone needs to break it open.
Also, Iggy's education platform is a nice thought, but a non-starter.
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