Thankful election campaign is short

I had barely gotten back from delivering across the west end of the Rainy River District when the first red and orange signs appeared on lawns and driveways. The election was less than six hours old.
I might think that the important issues would revolve around young people and health, yet there appears to be no dynamic issues facing voters.
The Liberal slogan is to “Keeping moving forward” while the NDP slogan’s is “New Deal for People” and the Conservatives is “It’s time for you to get ahead.”
Pollsters admit that the election is too close to call and that a minority might be in the offering.
Wouldn’t it be great that the Thunder Bay Rainy River riding was really in play? Four brand new candidates are vying to represent the riding in Ottawa.
Perhaps that is a good thing. The country seems completely divided with the three western provinces clearly lined up behind the Conservative Party.
Party insiders feel the real battle for Canada will involve all of Quebec as it appears every New Democrat member sitting in Parliament, appears to have their ridings up for grabs.
The Bloc, the Liberals and the Conservatives all look to make significant gains in that province.
In Ontario, Toronto’s 30 seats could well determine who wins Canada.
Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario really are forgotten areas and the possibility of seeing any of the three leaders in most of the rural parts of the ridings is only a wishful dream. The outcomes of the riding election will be determined in the large urban centres of those ridings.
All three parties are seeking the middle-class vote, and each is proposing that their party is on your side. But what is your side?
Are you worried about your financial health and the ability to purchase a home?
All three parties have solutions. The Liberals announced a policy on Saturday to make the potential to purchase a home in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary easier for first-time homeowners.
The policy was exclusive to those communities.
When it comes to the environment, the Liberals have flip-flopped so frequently on pipelines that no person knows what their policy is even though they now own the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Given the green light to move forward on the pipeline, the government chose not to defend the review process in court again.
Meanwhile, both the Greens and NDP would move to block future expansion of pipelines and would move with much greener energy projects.
The Conservatives would cancel the carbon tax claiming that it would put more money into the hands of families.
Both Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh are new leaders and are unknown and untested much like Justin Trudeau was four years ago when the Conservatives in advertising stated he “just wasn’t ready yet” to be prime minister.
That same language is now being used against both Scheer and Singh.
We are lucky. We only have 34 more days to complete the Canadian election cycle.
Pity our neighbours to the south who still have over a year of electioneering before the vote.

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