Should we have an election?

A recent poll conducted by CTV and the Globe and Mail revealed that Canadians don’t know if they want to dance with the devil they know or the one they don’t. It puts all the major parties in Canada in a quandary.
The public doesn’t feel that they can trust anyone to govern.
Canadians spoke last week and the consensus was that if an election was held right now, neither Mr. Martin, nor Mr. Harper could expect to form even a strong minority.
Canadians at this point don’t look very favorably on either party. The poll has indicated that Canadians feel that Mr. Martin will eventually be implicated by the Gomery inquiry.
The poll also indicates that Mr. Harper is seen as opportunistic and lacking in leadership qualities.
Mr. Layton may have pulled the biggest heist of the year. He has convinced Mr. Martin to postpone tax cuts to business that were found in the original budget laid before Parliament by Ralph Goodale.
Mr. Martin was able to find money at a drop of a hat for New Democrat ideas to stave off a house defeat. Layton’s are necessary, but it has not left the Minster of Finance with any credibility.
And should we have an election, the outcome will call for an additional election in a year’s time. A vote of non-confidence in the government, or with the defeat of the budget, we can expect the Bloc to become stronger and their drive for a new country to be become more strident.
As a country we seem to find more reasons to be different than we find to be Canadians. Mr. Martin’s request that we allow Justice Gomery time to complete the inquiry into misuse of government funds is appropriate. It would also serve Gilles Duceppe to hear the final decision and see that justice is delivered, and that laws matter more than people.
It also would serve Mr. Harper well to listen to Canadians from coast to coast and hear what they expect of their government. He promised to listen to Canadians and not call a lecture prematurely. He also promised to make this government work.
In fact all four leaders made that promise. They seem to have forgotten that commitment that is less than a year old. Instead, they all seem to be ready to play chicken—and ready to go out and spend money that could be put to better use. All four are finding ways to disagree.
A kindergarten teacher might send four such felons each to their own corner for a time-out in hopes that after that time-out, they would return to the circle and find ways to support each other and those in the group.
Maybe the best cure for Canadians would be to suspend those four leaders without pay for the next six months, and have them visit every riding in the country to hear from Canadians about Canada.
Even more important, they should do it as a group so they could all hear the same stories and same hopes for Canada.

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