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Ian's Contemplations
Friday, July 02, 2004
  Election
Well I am finally going to try to put my thoughts down on our recent election results. I have to admit I am dismayed by the PEI voter from the final count. I was very much a part of our local NDP candidate in the riding of Egmont. Our candidate is a bright lawyer, who is active in her community. She is a very credible candidate. Something that the local NDP has been criticized about in the past few years. In the candidates radio phone ins and debates, she showed her full colours by performing head and shoulders above the local Conservative candidate and the incumbent Liberal. However, the challenge that we faced was that the Liberal incumbent is the minister responsible for ACOA.

It is amazing that even though the NDP had a well thought out platform, something the other parties lacked, the local electorate voted Liberal like they have since the early days of our country, no doubt. No matter how screwed over the fishermen, and farmers and seasonal workforce has been under a Liberal government they seem to act like a Charles Dickens story, asking for a second helping of groul, despite how it tasted the first time around. Here we have a good alternative that we have offered to the constituents of the riding against someone who was little more than either a benchwarmer or a walking automated teller machine, passing out money for a new board walk, or high speed internet to rural communities. Both of which are no good to you if you are homeless or hungry.

My hat must go off to the PM PM, with the scare tactics of a vote for the NDP is a vote for the Conservatives. How about a vote for the Liberals is a vote for the irresponsible government that continues to promise the same things to the electorate every election such as a pharmacare or home care program, or improving the lives of people dependent on a seasonal economy. I think this is the third election they have promised these things. If nothing else they are consistent!

Now on the topic of healthcare which every party agrees as important. What they are actually talking about is acute care or like I like to call it the sick care system. Hospitals and doctors are not the ones to be throwing money hand over fist at. The traditional system of health is a huge black hole that will be never filled with enough cash. We need to put money into community, preventative services. Here in PEI we are putting new wings on some of the smaller hospitals for long term care. Basically turning them into old age homes. Here's an idea, with the money it cost to build these new hospital wings, how about hiring a myriad of health and social care professionals, whose job it would be to help keep people in their own homes until it is absolutely necessary for them to come into a long term care facility. My guess would be that this would be a much better use of the money than throwing more money into the sick care system.

I guess I got diverted from my election topic. Of course I was hoping the NDP would have a better showing in the country. Something, I'm sure that Jack Layton was also hoping for. With any luck the country will look at Proportional Representation, like PEI has examined here in the past year. Now mind you provincially that study is now sitting on some shelf in the Premiers office. Obviously, I'm being optimistic here that it's actually sitting on a shelf and hasn't been turned in toilet paper yet. Hopefully, we will see that democracy is a work in progress, and it needs to involve as our society has evolved. Afterall, we will probably be having round two of this election before the four years of a typical mandate.
 
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