we lucky canandians are having a federal election in about 2 weeks. here's the sanitized WIKIPEDIA SUMMARY OF THE CANADIAN ELECTION.
and here is my take on it:
current prime minister: steven harper-conservative party. the bad news about steve is he's basically an asshole. the good news about steve is you pretty much know what you're going to get if he wins, an asshole prime minister with a right wing agenda. i don't think he's terribly right wing, in fact i think he's been drifting towards the center over the past few years as he has been tossing goodies at the rubes to try and boost his popularity. there are a lot of canadians who think steve is the devil himself and blame him for all the problems in the world. like i said, he's an asshole but i don't consider him to be satan. one interesting thing about steve is his love of israel. he's always 100% supportive of israel. in fact some people say he's the most popular politician in israel. of course this pisses off our left wing idealists who blame israel for the world's problems.
current leader of the opposition: thomas mulcair - new democrat party. the last election was the first time that the ndp won enough seats in parliament to become the official opposition. for some funny reason the province of quebec threw most of their votes at the ndp. tom mulcair is an interesting dude. he's drifted from the left to the center left in an attempt to get the centrist votes. he also has dual citizenship, canadian and french. for a while he was leading in the polls but now some pollsters are saying he's past his expiry date and this popularity is fading. i can't understand why his dual citizenship isn't more of an issue. i guess the other 2 parties are worried about losing votes in quebec.
current leader of the liberals: JUSTIN TRUDEAU! - he's the son of one our most famous and polarizing prime ministers, pierre elliot trudeau. pierre was to canada what jfk was to the united states, a sexy playboy. young justin has taken the liberals further to the left. in fact, i think the liberals are now a wee bit further to the left than the ndp. it's quite the shocker. of 3 main party leaders, i tend to favor justin. it might be a case of me disliking him the least out of the 3 main candidates for the prime minister's job.
current leader of the green party: elizabeth may - elizabeth is the leader of the greens and actually has a seat in parliament. elizabeth is the first person to be elected as green member of parliament. there was some other guy who defected to the greens after being an independent but he wasn't elected as a green. i like dear old liz but she has a smaller chance of being prime minister than i do of winning an olympic gold medal for men's gymnastics. well, maybe not that small but it's an incredibly small chance.
the interesting thing is how the liberals have drifted to the left and the ndp have drifted to the right. i doubt there's any real philosophical reasons behind their moves, they just think it's the best way to get more votes.
it's a real close race right now with the 3 main parties pretty much tied for popular support but the headlines claim the ndp are slipping and the conservatives might be slightly ahead. of course all this can change tomorrow and it will probably bounce around until the election.
so, how is billy pilgrim going to vote?
ask yourself, how would a sea turtle, an elephant or a whale vote? yes, billy will be voting green. the greens won't get elected but i'm almost 100% certain that i've never voted for the party that won the election. for as long as i can remember i've voted green or communist. in this election we don't have a communist candidate in my riding so i'll be going green. i'm not a communist but i consider voting communist to be the ultimate protest vote. although i always vote some fringe lunatic, i can't remember ever not voting.
i love you sons of bitches.