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What is the most neglected issue so far in this election campaign?

  1. Well done Macleans, in making this a choose-one-or-more poll rather than the standard choose only one.

  2. Well done Macleans, in making this a choose-one-or-more poll rather than the standard choose only one.

    • Wish I knew that Before I voted.

  3. The most neglected issue is Asia.

    'Seventy-five billion dollars from now, possibly this year, China will replace Canada as the No. 1 trading partner of the United States, with all that that implies regarding U.S. trade policies and priorities.'

    Plus, China graduates more honour students….than we have students altogether.

    We need to pull up our competition socks.

    'Canada remains on the fringes of this remarkable transformation, whether diplomatic engagement, trade, foreign investment or educational or cultural exchanges. We risk being left behind.'
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opin

  4. The most neglected issue is Asia.

    'Seventy-five billion dollars from now, possibly this year, China will replace Canada as the No. 1 trading partner of the United States, with all that that implies regarding U.S. trade policies and priorities.'

    Plus, China graduates more honour students….than we have students altogether.

    We need to pull up our competition socks.

    'Canada remains on the fringes of this remarkable transformation, whether diplomatic engagement, trade, foreign investment or educational or cultural exchanges. We risk being left behind.'
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opin

    • As oil prices soar, China will fade as a trading partner. Their goods are cheap and dangerous crap, and a Chinese education doesn't teach a person to think for themselves.

      • China has oil, in fact they own a chunk of ours.

        If you're into buying cheap junk, you'll find it comes from all over the world….but China is also in space. So if you want the top tech stuff….you'll find that too. In fact, you're typing on it.

        The Chinese are eating our lunch….so I'd say their educational system is fine.

    • In order to compete with China's export quantity and honour-student quantity, we don't need to pull up our socks – we need to pull off our condoms. And then we can have a Chinese standard-of-living, too.

      • We don't need quantity, we need quality.

      • Well Doug, yah better get to plowing your 10, 000 seeds out there boy! Besides if that was the case what are you doing on the internet, shouldn't you lead by example?

  5. Am I the only one in the entire country that is tired of big government intrusion and spending??

  6. Am I the only one in the entire country that is tired of big government intrusion and spending??

    • Yes.

    • No there are 2 of us!

      • Then I hope you'll be very happy together.

    • There are lots of us but there are far too many freeloaders in Canada that think government money is free. I think it is because so many teachers are socialists with no concept of economics.

      • Oddly, the socialists tend to have a better grasp on economics than most Canadians. They at least understand that jobs are only created when demand goes up, not when suppliers have more cash.

        • Show me where a poor person has offerred anyone a job.

          • Poor people don't offer jobs, they create demand, and it's demand that creates the job, because rich people don't create jobs when there's no demand to support it — we know this, because if they do, they don't stay rich.

    • I hope so.

  7. The environment should not even be on this poll. Its disgraceful that some parties focus on the environment when there are real issues, such as health care, education and deficient that need tending to.

  8. The environment should not even be on this poll. Its disgraceful that some parties focus on the environment when there are real issues, such as health care, education and deficient that need tending to.

    • What an ironic statement. Just to clue you in here, "It's the environment stupid". If we continue to ignore the environment we will not survive on this planet. That simple. Now, if you do not care about your children or grandchildren and could care less if humans survive for a few more generations then I guess you're right! Kill the whales! I hear there's money in it.

  9. Minor conservative scandals. There hasn't been anywhere near enough coverage on those.

  10. Minor conservative scandals. There hasn't been anywhere near enough coverage on those.

    • Scandals just keep on rolling right off Teflon Steve. The warmer he gets, the more noxious the fumes. Pay attention Canadians…..

  11. Dictatorship with minority!

    Majority?! LOL! can you imagine the Harper regime with a majority government?! SCARY!.

    • STOP A RECKLESS CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY! I am yelling it from the rooftops!

      • You are all crazy and stupid wake up and smell the coffee . You call your self Proud Canadian your a fool.

    • Yeah, about as scary as my grandmother.

  12. Canada should be leading the world on the environment, not a world disgrace with its head up American ass.

    Courtesy the Harper regime.

  13. Canada should be leading the world on the environment, not a world disgrace with its head up American ass.

    Courtesy the Harper regime.

    • Harpers head is so far up the Republicans ass he can see Flaherty's feet!

      • hahahahaha….. good one!

    • If The usa,canada & half of europe ceased all pollution output today it would not help.Nothing will be acheived until China & India reduce by half their emissions.We are Scr…d regardless.

      • deegee – if Canada and USA ruduce to China per capita emissions we are well on the way to solving the problem. We emit 4-6 times per capita – that is not fair. Rich north americans have to cut substantially before blaming poor developing world. Europe is doing well and is on track with the Kyoto commitments.

  14. No there are 2 of us!

  15. What an ironic statement. Just to clue you in here, "It's the environment stupid". If we continue to ignore the environment we will not survive on this planet. That simple. Now, if you do not care about your children or grandchildren and could care less if humans survive for a few more generations then I guess you're right! Kill the whales! I hear there's money in it.

  16. STOP A RECKLESS CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY! I am yelling it from the rooftops!

  17. Harpers head is so far up the Republicans ass he can see Flaherty's feet!

  18. You are all crazy and stupid wake up and smell the coffee . You call your self Proud Canadian your a fool.

  19. Then I hope you'll be very happy together.

  20. As oil prices soar, China will fade as a trading partner. Their goods are cheap and dangerous crap, and a Chinese education doesn't teach a person to think for themselves.

  21. China has oil, in fact they own a chunk of ours.

    If you're into buying cheap junk, you'll find it comes from all over the world….but China is also in space. So if you want the top tech stuff….you'll find that too. In fact, you're typing on it.

    The Chinese are eating our lunch….so I'd say their educational system is fine.

  22. I consider myself an enviromental advocate but this whole new FALSE ECONOMY of cap and trade or carbon tax is wholesale robbery to the citizens of Canada.
    Surely as Stewards of our enviroment we can continue to dovetail economy and laws to make a progressive and essentially clean Canada.
    Take the middle path that assures stength in both!!

  23. I consider myself an enviromental advocate but this whole new FALSE ECONOMY of cap and trade or carbon tax is wholesale robbery to the citizens of Canada.
    Surely as Stewards of our enviroment we can continue to dovetail economy and laws to make a progressive and essentially clean Canada.
    Take the middle path that assures stength in both!!

    • Huzzah!

    • Too easy. The yahoos wouldn't get their 15 minutes of fame by being reasonable. Also I might cut a few thousand redundant government jobs.

  24. Listen, we have made huge strides in the last 100 years in improving the environment we live in. Our grandparents grew up (not very tall, though) in smoke-filled cities, drank rancid water, ate mouldy food, had their raw sewage dumped into the local river, etc. Today we value green spaces, far fewer people pollute their lungs & our environment with noxious cigarette smoke, we eat and drink much more healthily, etc. The proof of the pudding is our lifespan which has climbed in western countries from 50 to 80 in a century – unheard of before. There's no room for complacency but let's rejoice in the huge improvements in the environment that have been made rather than believing the falsehoods spred by Greenpeace and their fellow-travellors.

  25. Listen, we have made huge strides in the last 100 years in improving the environment we live in. Our grandparents grew up (not very tall, though) in smoke-filled cities, drank rancid water, ate mouldy food, had their raw sewage dumped into the local river, etc. Today we value green spaces, far fewer people pollute their lungs & our environment with noxious cigarette smoke, we eat and drink much more healthily, etc. The proof of the pudding is our lifespan which has climbed in western countries from 50 to 80 in a century – unheard of before. There's no room for complacency but let's rejoice in the huge improvements in the environment that have been made rather than believing the falsehoods spred by Greenpeace and their fellow-travellors.

    • Where did your grandparents grow up? Gaza? In the real world, the rivers are the most polluted they have ever been. North America and some of Europe have cleaned much up but they have just transplanted their big business to other places to pollute where they have little in the way of environmental law. Also, without modern Medicine most would be like your impoverished grandparents today. Everything you say is wrong!! The majority of people are overweight, and unhealthy. Thank Dog for Medicare.
      Are you Stephen Harper?

      • Not sure where, you've been for the past 30 years (probably in your mom's basement) but we have made MASSIVE strides in environmental and health practices. Take a look at a picture of San Fransisco in the 80's. Take a look at it now. See that giant smog haze from that picture from the 80's? I sure don't. The majority of people overweight? Think about that statement carefully. MANY overweight people would be making the accurate statement that a fairly large portion of the population is overweight. However, saying that the MAJORITY of people are overweight would be grossly inaccurate, showing that you clearly spend less time in public then you do reading Newsweek (as well as further confirm my basement theory). Pretty much everything TheAttic is saying is correct. You are the one who is sorely mistaken.

        • As I said, in N. America there have been massive strides in Health practices which are keeping the obese and unhealthy types alive and costing our Medicare a fortune. Read before you spell! While I did exaggerate, according to the National Center for Health Statistics over a third of Americans are Obese, not just overweight with Canadians catching up fast. This number of obese has more than doubled since 1980.
          Much of the environmental forward strides are only in, again, North America and Europe, while all the environmental degradation has been exported to the places that now make the consumer goods for us . Just because you can't see the smog doesn't mean it can't harm you, even an intellectual should realize that! Just because the air here is better (and that is debatable, it just has different cancer producing chemicals floating around), doesn't mean that by polluting the atmosphere elsewhere is OK. While I was in my mother's basement what planet were you on?

          • I am well aware of the environmental degradation that goes on beyond Europe and N. America. My point is that this sort of thing happened EVERYWHERE at one point. Actively destroying as much nature as we possibly could get our hands was once the norm. Cancer causing chemicals? We practically wallowed in poisons like lead and mercury. The victorian age was an incredibly dirty period in our history. We are far ahead of that period in our history and we should be glad for it.

        • the ocean is a garbage dump filled with plastic. the plastic is dissolving and entering the food chain. the frequency of
          natural disasters is increasing, and our leaders want to build many more new nuclear plants, animal farming has all but disappeared, instead pigs, chicken, cattle…are no longer considered farm animals..they are food to be manufactured.
          High rates of all types of cancer in humans. no cure in sight. however Research is a huge business as is the ongoing treatments. Corporate welfare while the masses pay for it. oh sure we've made massive strides in health and environment.

          • While the garbage dump in the ocean is a neglected disaster, I fail to see how nuclear plants and commercial farms are seen as negatives. Nuclear power is still far safer and more efficient then virtually everything else. If people were more educated on the issue then we would probably be having more of it.

            Commercial farms meanwhile generate 200% more food then traditional farming methods. I'm not attempting to bash traditional farming, or say that commercial farms have pollution issues by any means. Many people in my area still rely on small farms as a reliable source of food. However the pollution generated by commercial farms is merely an issue that can be fixed, not a reason to shut them down.

            No cure in sight? There are hundreds of possible treatments being tested and many have very high success rates. Cancer is yet another issue that is being addressed by intelligence and technology. Time to put away the cardboard signs I'm afraid.

          • Diversity is the way to survive. Large commercial farms are subject to the next pest, fungus or disease that comes along. Small farms diversify the risk better.

          • In the end, more food is still produced. The only reason we can feed 6.5 billion people to any extent is because of the mass reliance on commercial farming. If we relied completely on traditional farming we would only have enough food for 4 billion.

  26. Listen, we have made huge strides in the last 100 years in improving the environment we live in. Our grandparents grew up (not very tall, though) in smoke-filled cities, drank rancid water, ate mouldy food, had their raw sewage dumped into the local river, etc. Today we value green spaces, far fewer people pollute their lungs & our environment with noxious cigarette smoke, we eat and drink much more healthily, etc. The proof of the pudding is our lifespan which has climbed in western countries from 50 to 80 in a century – unheard of before. There's no room for complacency but let's rejoice in the huge improvements in the environment that have been made rather than believing the falsehoods spread by Greenpeace and their fellow-travellors.

  27. Listen, we have made huge strides in the last 100 years in improving the environment we live in. Our grandparents grew up (not very tall, though) in smoke-filled cities, drank rancid water, ate mouldy food, had their raw sewage dumped into the local river, etc. Today we value green spaces, far fewer people pollute their lungs & our environment with noxious cigarette smoke, we eat and drink much more healthily, etc. The proof of the pudding is our lifespan which has climbed in western countries from 50 to 80 in a century – unheard of before. There's no room for complacency but let's rejoice in the huge improvements in the environment that have been made rather than believing the falsehoods spread by Greenpeace and their fellow-travellors.

  28. The enviroment looks after itself—climate change is natural thing happens every thousands of years– so wake up–put your efforts into something that counts!!! Crime bills must be passed– how much longer do we want 2 deal with the riffraff out of jail or on the street endangering every one!! the deficite must be kept in check– u can't -charge-forever on a credit card–& never pay up– then–soon– the government would have 2 go into bankruptsy. Then there is iggy– he says harper hasn't earned the right 2 govern–well think– Iggy has been away from canada some odd 30 years– has he earned the right 2 govern?????? As 4 Laton– well– he has n o knowledge of economics– he'd give away the store– till the coffers are empty–then cry foul?? think before U vote.

  29. The enviroment looks after itself—climate change is natural thing happens every thousands of years– so wake up–put your efforts into something that counts!!! Crime bills must be passed– how much longer do we want 2 deal with the riffraff out of jail or on the street endangering every one!! the deficite must be kept in check– u can't -charge-forever on a credit card–& never pay up– then–soon– the government would have 2 go into bankruptsy. Then there is iggy– he says harper hasn't earned the right 2 govern–well think– Iggy has been away from canada some odd 30 years– has he earned the right 2 govern?????? As 4 Laton– well– he has n o knowledge of economics– he'd give away the store– till the coffers are empty–then cry foul?? think before U vote.

    • Go back to Mars, That's what the earths going to look like if Harper stays in power and gets a majority. Him and his rich oil barons will be living in glass houses watching and relishing us "outsiders" living in a toxic waste dump called Earth, drinking their martinis saying, look you pay no taxes so what do you expect, look after yourselves boys that's what we did!!!!!!

    • Here's a dramatic thought. Think before you SPELL. Also attack ads aren't a good source of information.

    • I guess you are from MARS

    • Actually crime is DOWN across Canada. It looks like crime is being addressed well, so why has this become an election issue at all?

  30. My heart aches for the children living on native reserves with poor housing, alcohol problems, gas sniffing, disgraceful suicide rates..,,,these children deserve a chance for health, good education and a productive, happy future…..I will vote for a party who pledges to make this a priority…there has been progress, but so much more needs to be done..work with the young native leaders now to end the despair!!

  31. My heart aches for the children living on native reserves with poor housing, alcohol problems, gas sniffing, disgraceful suicide rates..,,,these children deserve a chance for health, good education and a productive, happy future…..I will vote for a party who pledges to make this a priority…there has been progress, but so much more needs to be done..work with the young native leaders now to end the despair!!

    • I agree. It is disgusting how our governments ignore th plight of the natives, in north america. |The conservatives love to make promises and turn around a forgets about them. All political parties tend to do the same. They need good safe drinking water, schools and good warm housing and medical care. When they say our water is bad and our children are dying, they are ignored and told there is no problem. There villages are in flood plains and little seem to be done about it. I hope the new leadership in our country and throughout north america start paying attention to the needs of those who first lived in this land and looked after it better than we have..

    • The reserve system is a folly that should have been gotten rid of years ago. The people there languish under their corrupt band leaders who seek only to profit themselves, and shield any outside means to help the people. Nearly all money sent there goes towards the leader's own well being as opposed to community issues, and their human rights abuse issues are frequently ignored. How is it that some chiefs make more then the prime minister yet their own reserves wallow in decay? Corruption on reserves is an issue that needs to be seriously addressed or nothing will be accomplished.

  32. hahahahaha….. good one!

  33. I agree. It is disgusting how our governments ignore th plight of the natives, in north america. |The conservatives love to make promises and turn around a forgets about them. All political parties tend to do the same. They need good safe drinking water, schools and good warm housing and medical care. When they say our water is bad and our children are dying, they are ignored and told there is no problem. There villages are in flood plains and little seem to be done about it. I hope the new leadership in our country and throughout north america start paying attention to the needs of those who first lived in this land and looked after it better than we have..

  34. What a shame – Mr Ignatief had the opportunity to take Mr Harper apart on the Integrity and respect Issue – and he blew it

  35. What a shame – Mr Ignatief had the opportunity to take Mr Harper apart on the Integrity and respect Issue – and he blew it

  36. Let's look at public transportation. Our big cities still rely on automobiles to get around. Let's provide adequate and affordable transportation and acceptable wait times and good transfer points. I think with adequate systems people will eventually use public transit. City to city and accross the nation should have good rail and bus connections . This would lighten the load on our highways and cities. Money saved for new road can subsidize all types of transit till the time enough passenger use will pay most of the cost required to operate these systems. Politicians should get their heads out of the dirt and start planning better transit. What do you think?

  37. Let's look at public transportation. Our big cities still rely on automobiles to get around. Let's provide adequate and affordable transportation and acceptable wait times and good transfer points. I think with adequate systems people will eventually use public transit. City to city and accross the nation should have good rail and bus connections . This would lighten the load on our highways and cities. Money saved for new road can subsidize all types of transit till the time enough passenger use will pay most of the cost required to operate these systems. Politicians should get their heads out of the dirt and start planning better transit. What do you think?

    • Nearly every issue we have, from the environment to government spending to crime and even aboriginal poverty is exacerbated by population growth. There was a time when young people used few government services so more young folks could pay for services to the old and infirm. The abundance of government programs now means nearly every person in Canada is a net cost to the government (fellow taxpayers). We will not see any progress until governments discourage population growth.

      • The future is in the children so why not get children so when they grow up they can care for you?
        You are the only one to suffer! think about your grave mistake.

        • Bah, children are obnoxious, expensive little brats that suck the life out of any marriage. I feel bad for people who have them.

  38. Where did your grandparents grow up? Gaza? In the real world, the rivers are the most polluted they have ever been. North America and some of Europe have cleaned much up but they have just transplanted their big business to other places to pollute where they have little in the way of environmental law. Also, without modern Medicine most would be like your impoverished grandparents today. Everything you say is wrong!! The majority of people are overweight, and unhealthy. Thank Dog for Medicare.
    Are you Stephen Harper?

  39. Go back to Mars, That's what the earths going to look like if Harper stays in power and gets a majority. Him and his rich oil barons will be living in glass houses watching and relishing us "outsiders" living in a toxic waste dump called Earth, drinking their martinis saying, look you pay no taxes so what do you expect, look after yourselves boys that's what we did!!!!!!

  40. There are so many issues that the "Harper" government have gone the wrong direction on, it is difficult to pick the most important. I'm going to pick the one that bugs me the most. Foreign policy, We used to be respected worldwide as a Peace keeping country, hopefully a champion of citizen rights. We've brokered peace accords, been a progressive country with regards to looking after its own citizens here and abroad. We're definitely not perfect as the list of neglected issues shows. We make mistakes, lots of them, the biggest right now. Giving the "Harper" government the chance of a majority, so that they will continue to reverse the Respect that Canada once earned but is now loosing. We've become a Lackey for the USA, and with that the hatred from most of the world! The Pirates to the south have always run their foreign policy in lock step with financial- read big business- interests. Whether in Guatemala, the Middle East, East Asia, wherever, it's always been for Oil, Weapons, other conglomerates. In the Middle East the USA sells billions and billions of dollars of weapons, often to both sides at the same time. I wouldn't want to be too closely associated with their type. Harper always waits until the USA has decided what do before he even comments, unless he knows that he's already towing the US line. He's like an Alberta oil exec. waiting to please his bosses to the south. Oh, just wait , he was!

  41. There are so many issues that the "Harper" government have gone the wrong direction on, it is difficult to pick the most important. I'm going to pick the one that bugs me the most. Foreign policy, We used to be respected worldwide as a Peace keeping country, hopefully a champion of citizen rights. We've brokered peace accords, been a progressive country with regards to looking after its own citizens here and abroad. We're definitely not perfect as the list of neglected issues shows. We make mistakes, lots of them, the biggest right now. Giving the "Harper" government the chance of a majority, so that they will continue to reverse the Respect that Canada once earned but is now loosing. We've become a Lackey for the USA, and with that the hatred from most of the world! The Pirates to the south have always run their foreign policy in lock step with financial- read big business- interests. Whether in Guatemala, the Middle East, East Asia, wherever, it's always been for Oil, Weapons, other conglomerates. In the Middle East the USA sells billions and billions of dollars of weapons, often to both sides at the same time. I wouldn't want to be too closely associated with their type. Harper always waits until the USA has decided what do before he even comments, unless he knows that he's already towing the US line. He's like an Alberta oil exec. waiting to please his bosses to the south. Oh, just wait , he was!

    • Tell me this: When was the last time we were NOT a lackey to the U.S.? Don't even try to blame it on the Harper government, because it has been going on far longer then that. It's also worth mentioning that peace keeping is highly overrated. not being world renowned for having a bunch of guys stand around and do nothing? That's a dishonor I think we can live with.

      • While Canada, due in large part to our close proximity to the the USA is like Trudeau said "like sleeping next to an elephant and watching out for every twitch and grunt", and thus keeping on their good side. Harper however has gone to extremes, wanting to buy Billions of dollars worth of jets without public tender from a nation that makes money from death and destruction and following their lead into wars in Asia and North Africa. Even Chretien stood against the war in Iraq and would not join the so-called coalition. Now after Harper has wasted hundreds of Canadian lives in a useless war in Afghanistan he is finally starting to come around to what Canadians want. That is ,not killing people in the name of spreading so called American style democracy. Peace keeping is over rated? You'd rather give them all weapons and pat the last man standing on the back? This world certainly needs more peace keepers and fewer war mongering intellectuals!!!

        • I said we've always played second fiddle to the states. I never said that I want Harper to remain in power or that I support his wild spending policies, and I've more or less always said that Iraq was a foolish endeavour. But I suppose actually reading my comment is less fun then going on a little righteous crusade.

          Hundreds of lives in Afghanistan? Does that mean we need to send B.C. loggers back home too? They are doing their jobs and they are doing them well. Afghanistan has benefitted in some ways to the war and suffered in others (trying to pick off terrorists who look exactly like civilians with predator missiles from 20 000 feet off the ground is an exercise in failure and idiocy.)

          Honest to god leave the username alone!! Do you know how much thought and time I put into it? Very little. My orginal intent was to go by the more clever version of the1te11ectua1, (replacing the I's and l's with 1's. Oh the burning wit!) but changed it to the normal spelling once I realized that intensedebate does not allow usernames with numbers. I suppose the moral is think before you rant, you crazy harpy!

  42. If government intrusion and control is your thing Emily, go live in North Korea, where that type of thinking is welcomed.

  43. Huzzah!

  44. LOL another non-existent problem to complain about…. by the usual whiners.

    Census scared ya, did it?

  45. Not sure where, you've been for the past 30 years (probably in your mom's basement) but we have made MASSIVE strides in environmental and health practices. Take a look at a picture of San Fransisco in the 80's. Take a look at it now. See that giant smog haze from that picture from the 80's? I sure don't. The majority of people overweight? Think about that statement carefully. MANY overweight people would be making the accurate statement that a fairly large portion of the population is overweight. However, saying that the MAJORITY of people are overweight would be grossly inaccurate, showing that you clearly spend less time in public then you do reading Newsweek (as well as further confirm my basement theory). Pretty much everything TheAttic is saying is correct. You are the one who is sorely mistaken.

  46. Here's a dramatic thought. Think before you SPELL. Also attack ads aren't a good source of information.

  47. The reserve system is a folly that should have been gotten rid of years ago. The people there languish under their corrupt band leaders who seek only to profit themselves, and shield any outside means to help the people. Nearly all money sent there goes towards the leader's own well being as opposed to community issues, and their human rights abuse issues are frequently ignored. How is it that some chiefs make more then the prime minister yet their own reserves wallow in decay? Corruption on reserves is an issue that needs to be seriously addressed or nothing will be accomplished.

  48. Tell me this: When was the last time we were NOT a lackey to the U.S.? Don't even try to blame it on the Harper government, because it has been going on far longer then that. It's also worth mentioning that peace keeping is highly overrated. not being world renowned for having a bunch of guys stand around and do nothing? That's a dishonor I think we can live with.

  49. As far as i'm concerned nobody "won" the debates and as for Stephen Harper he came across to me like the "john gotti"of Canadian politics, all non answers when asked questions', sort of expected a few dah's. I guess once a REFORMER always a reformer' and a good reflection of the American Way or at least GOP way.

  50. As far as i'm concerned nobody "won" the debates and as for Stephen Harper he came across to me like the "john gotti"of Canadian politics, all non answers when asked questions', sort of expected a few dah's. I guess once a REFORMER always a reformer' and a good reflection of the American Way or at least GOP way.

  51. I guess you are from MARS

  52. Should those favouring proportional representation stay home this time?

  53. no mention of US Predator aircraft at Canadian border C2C
    no balls?

  54. no mention of US Predator aircraft at Canadian border C2C
    no balls?

  55. While Canada, due in large part to our close proximity to the the USA is like Trudeau said "like sleeping next to an elephant and watching out for every twitch and grunt", and thus keeping on their good side. Harper however has gone to extremes, wanting to buy Billions of dollars worth of jets without public tender from a nation that makes money from death and destruction and following their lead into wars in Asia and North Africa. Even Chretien stood against the war in Iraq and would not join the so-called coalition. Now after Harper has wasted hundreds of Canadian lives in a useless war in Afghanistan he is finally starting to come around to what Canadians want. That is ,not killing people in the name of spreading so called American style democracy. Peace keeping is over rated? You'd rather give them all weapons and pat the last man standing on the back? This world certainly needs more peace keepers and fewer war mongering intellectuals!!!

  56. As I said, in N. America there have been massive strides in Health practices which are keeping the obese and unhealthy types alive and costing our Medicare a fortune. Read before you spell! While I did exaggerate, according to the National Center for Health Statistics over a third of Americans are Obese, not just overweight with Canadians catching up fast. This number of obese has more than doubled since 1980.
    Much of the environmental forward strides are only in, again, North America and Europe, while all the environmental degradation has been exported to the places that now make the consumer goods for us . Just because you can't see the smog doesn't mean it can't harm you, even an intellectual should realize that! Just because the air here is better (and that is debatable, it just has different cancer producing chemicals floating around), doesn't mean that by polluting the atmosphere elsewhere is OK. While I was in my mother's basement what planet were you on?

  57. Government intrusion and control by a Dictator is one thing, while having it in a Democracy is another. The way it should work is that in a democracy the government should be looking after its citizens and their well-being. A lot of people aren't too bright despite thinking they are intellectuals and need to be protected for their own safety because they assume that what they can't see or feel can't harm them.

  58. Government intrusion and control by a Dictator is one thing, while having it in a Democracy is another. The way it should work is that in a democracy the government should be looking after its citizens and their well-being. A lot of people aren't too bright despite thinking they are intellectuals and need to be protected for their own safety because they assume that what they can't see or feel can't harm them.

    • Actually the way it should work in a democracy is everybody looking after themselves, with the government helping by providing some services. Since things don't always work out that way some compromise must be made. Even still, it's not the government's job to take care of us and make decisions for us.

      • By looking after their citizens I mean that they should not be ripped off or poisoned by others, whether companies or other individuals. Laws are to protect us, though they are more easily circumvented by the rich.
        Ditto with our well being, meaning that through taxes the government provides us with basic healthcare and should stop those who pollute and in any way harm us. I think government should have more control over businesses who see only the bottom line without any regard for the way their products affect our health. Right wing parties believe that business should be self regulating. That means they will try to get away with what ever they can, and deny, deny, deny.

        • Oh I misunderstood your intent. Yes I agree that we should be taken care of in the sense of keeping us from being ripped off. I just think that coddling the countries citizens is the wrong way to go.

          • We agree, amazing. I don't believe in coddling Canadians either. However, I don't have great faith in the intelligence of the average Canadian. I believe that they are being lead along by our present government in the form of small Tax cuts for families , increasing employment by way of Tax cuts to Big business ,preventing crime by building more prisons, and building up our armed forces.
            In the long run these will all drive up the deficit, at the same time all these tax cuts will deprive us of funds to improve the countries infrastructure, address the crisis that appears to be looming in healthcare and will only further erode what impression the world had of Canada of being a peaceful world citizen like many northern European countries. (for example like the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands).
            I don't trust the Conservatives because like the Republicans to the south, they talk about reducing the budget but when they get in power they always increase it to the detriment of the country. Harper has done that already (some of it obviously needed in the form of stimulus), but that was with a minority, I don't like the idea of this man running the country with a majority while preventing questions by the Media or Canada's citizens and all the while denying he has done anything wrong! Autocrat comes to mind.

  59. The only issue is the environment . If we don't do something soon , nothing else will matter .

  60. The only issue is the environment . If we don't do something soon , nothing else will matter .

  61. I choose sovereignty as my greatest concern. Last election there was no mention; all the while P.M. Harper was Geo. W.'s puppy. Coast Guard requested 11 new icebreakers to patrol the North. Harper cut back the request to two only, yet he says we need new jet fighters for the north. I suggest the jets are to prepare to go with the U.S. when Israel and Iran start up.

  62. I choose sovereignty as my greatest concern. Last election there was no mention; all the while P.M. Harper was Geo. W.'s puppy. Coast Guard requested 11 new icebreakers to patrol the North. Harper cut back the request to two only, yet he says we need new jet fighters for the north. I suggest the jets are to prepare to go with the U.S. when Israel and Iran start up.

  63. The most neglected issue in Canada's May 2 federal election campaign is the cost of living. I affects everyone very negatively, but it just isn't getting the political attention it deserves. Canadians want action, and they want the party leaders to address the question and at least show they will do their best to alleviate the effects of inflation. — Alexander

  64. The most neglected issue in Canada's May 2 federal election campaign is the cost of living. I affects everyone very negatively, but it just isn't getting the political attention it deserves. Canadians want action, and they want the party leaders to address the question and at least show they will do their best to alleviate the effects of inflation. — Alexander

  65. Without any major party actively campaigning for democratic reform with proportional representation, I will most likely not be voting. I refuse to participate in the current first-past-the-post election that is neither fair nor democratic. I will only participate if at least one major party actively advocates for democratic reform with proportional representation. I don't expect that the Conservatives will advocate anything democratic. While the Liberals advocate for different ways to vote such as internet voting, they do not mention anything about advocating for proportional representation. The NDP does support proportional representation on paper. However, I have not heard Jack Layton state verbally his active support for proportional representation. I get the sense that he and the NDP are not serious about supporting voting reform. The Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, ruined her democratic legitimacy as she sought to change the Green Party constitution to keep herself on as leader rather than face a required leadership review.

    With no party actively supporting democratic improvements that includes voting through some form of proportional representation, I will not be voting in an autocratic selection. I will not be voting in this federal election that is neither fair nor democratic.

  66. Without any major party actively campaigning for democratic reform with proportional representation, I will most likely not be voting. I refuse to participate in the current first-past-the-post election that is neither fair nor democratic. I will only participate if at least one major party actively advocates for democratic reform with proportional representation. I don't expect that the Conservatives will advocate anything democratic. While the Liberals advocate for different ways to vote such as internet voting, they do not mention anything about advocating for proportional representation. The NDP does support proportional representation on paper. However, I have not heard Jack Layton state verbally his active support for proportional representation. I get the sense that he and the NDP are not serious about supporting voting reform. The Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, ruined her democratic legitimacy as she sought to change the Green Party constitution to keep herself on as leader rather than face a required leadership review.

    With no party actively supporting democratic improvements that includes voting through some form of proportional representation, I will not be voting in an autocratic selection. I will not be voting in this federal election that is neither fair nor democratic.

    • Proportional is not the only solution to first past the post. Run off elections or transferable ballots ensure the majority vote counts for each riding. This brings politics back to the local level where we voters can have some say. Having a block of proportional MPs voting only the party line does not improve democracy or voter engagement.

    • Change the rules, or I wont vote. Great attitude – Not

  67. You can see my comment below. I have not heard any leader actively supporting proportional representation. While I do not expect the Conservatives to offer anything democratic, and while the Liberals do have voting reforms that include proportional representation in their platform, the NDP does. However, I have not heard Jack Layton once mention voting reform. If he or another major leader does not actively support proportional representation, I will NOT be voting. It's not enough for the NDP just to list support for PR on its website. This just demonstrates that the NDP is not serious about voting reform. I hope that the NDP or Liberals will convince me that I am wrong by SPEAKING about voting reform that includes proportional representation.

  68. You can see my comment below. I have not heard any leader actively supporting proportional representation. While I do not expect the Conservatives to offer anything democratic, and while the Liberals do have voting reforms that include proportional representation in their platform, the NDP does. However, I have not heard Jack Layton once mention voting reform. If he or another major leader does not actively support proportional representation, I will NOT be voting. It's not enough for the NDP just to list support for PR on its website. This just demonstrates that the NDP is not serious about voting reform. I hope that the NDP or Liberals will convince me that I am wrong by SPEAKING about voting reform that includes proportional representation.

    • During the debate Layton did mention proportional representation but it was just a short quip and was drowned out by Iggy and Harper speaking over him. Once it was said figured it woulda been discussed but nope. In my opinion it'll be a cold day in hell when Harper would support proportional representation seeing as it would mean they would lose seats (and thus power) which obviously means the apocalypse is around the corner. Though I do strongly agree if the leaders were to support (or even speak of) proportional representation voter turn out will go up drastically. People know in our current system their vote might as well be trashed if they don't vote for whoever wins the ridding. Once that realization hits it's hard to force yourself to take time out of your work day to go vote even if you are legally entitled to it.

      • Yes, I heard Layton bring it up in the debate and I don't think any of the others talked about it at all.

      • I don't want proportion representation. I'd rather we have run off elections or transferable ballots to ensure a winner in each riding. Bring the voting and decision making to the local level rather than more unaccountable politicians.

        Having a party win seats with as little as 21% (with 5 candidates) of the vote is not capturing the will of the voters. With our system a party can get a majority with 51% of the seats each with 21% of the vote in those ridings. This can result in a majority with support from just over 10% of the voters.

  69. How about which party is going to pay the 300 million tab if we end up exactly where we are now once again.All I see is 300 million for career counseling of the Bickersons.

  70. How about which party is going to pay the 300 million tab if we end up exactly where we are now once again.All I see is 300 million for career counseling of the Bickersons.

  71. Wish I knew that Before I voted.

  72. There are lots of us but there are far too many freeloaders in Canada that think government money is free. I think it is because so many teachers are socialists with no concept of economics.

  73. Too easy. The yahoos wouldn't get their 15 minutes of fame by being reasonable. Also I might cut a few thousand redundant government jobs.

  74. Quebec ,with the blessings of all 3 major parties and a host of Canadian corporations, has become a foreign country within Canada's borders. With the help of the aforementioned groups the non francophone communities have been decimated by oppressive language laws enforced by an equally ardent language police force as well as a number of special interest hate groups. Had my parents thought for a moment that such a stench would permeate this country they would have emigrated elsewhere.
    If there were similar laws regarding sexual preference ,race, religious beliefs or ethnic backgrounds there would be howls of indignation from all quarters ; however, when it comes to language ….a roaring cowardly silence!
    When is someone going to have the fortitude to stand on guard for all Canadians in Quebec…….not just the political votes and consumer money of the majority?

  75. Quebec ,with the blessings of all 3 major parties and a host of Canadian corporations, has become a foreign country within Canada's borders. With the help of the aforementioned groups the non francophone communities have been decimated by oppressive language laws enforced by an equally ardent language police force as well as a number of special interest hate groups. Had my parents thought for a moment that such a stench would permeate this country they would have emigrated elsewhere.
    If there were similar laws regarding sexual preference ,race, religious beliefs or ethnic backgrounds there would be howls of indignation from all quarters ; however, when it comes to language ….a roaring cowardly silence!
    When is someone going to have the fortitude to stand on guard for all Canadians in Quebec…….not just the political votes and consumer money of the majority?

  76. By the way it was the Quebec debate in French. It sadly had nothing to do with the Francophones living in the rest of this country!

  77. By the way it was the Quebec debate in French. It sadly had nothing to do with the Francophones living in the rest of this country!

  78. Oddly, the socialists tend to have a better grasp on economics than most Canadians. They at least understand that jobs are only created when demand goes up, not when suppliers have more cash.

  79. Scandals just keep on rolling right off Teflon Steve. The warmer he gets, the more noxious the fumes. Pay attention Canadians…..

  80. the ocean is a garbage dump filled with plastic. the plastic is dissolving and entering the food chain. the frequency of
    natural disasters is increasing, and our leaders want to build many more new nuclear plants, animal farming has all but disappeared, instead pigs, chicken, cattle…are no longer considered farm animals..they are food to be manufactured.
    High rates of all types of cancer in humans. no cure in sight. however Research is a huge business as is the ongoing treatments. Corporate welfare while the masses pay for it. oh sure we've made massive strides in health and environment.

  81. During the debate Layton did mention proportional representation but it was just a short quip and was drowned out by Iggy and Harper speaking over him. Once it was said figured it woulda been discussed but nope. In my opinion it'll be a cold day in hell when Harper would support proportional representation seeing as it would mean they would lose seats (and thus power) which obviously means the apocalypse is around the corner. Though I do strongly agree if the leaders were to support (or even speak of) proportional representation voter turn out will go up drastically. People know in our current system their vote might as well be trashed if they don't vote for whoever wins the ridding. Once that realization hits it's hard to force yourself to take time out of your work day to go vote even if you are legally entitled to it.

  82. Yes, I heard Layton bring it up in the debate and I don't think any of the others talked about it at all.

  83. Actually crime is DOWN across Canada. It looks like crime is being addressed well, so why has this become an election issue at all?

  84. If The usa,canada & half of europe ceased all pollution output today it would not help.Nothing will be acheived until China & India reduce by half their emissions.We are Scr…d regardless.

  85. LAYTON MANIA!!! :-)

  86. No one seems to want to talk about the fact that Canada is at war – in two different countries. And neither war is very well-defined, nor going particularly well.

  87. No one seems to want to talk about the fact that Canada is at war – in two different countries. And neither war is very well-defined, nor going particularly well.

    • Canada has always provided cannon fodder for the Empire which owns it and rules it.
      Scroogle is your friend

      • Not very good cannon fodder when we have lost less then a quarter of what the Americans lost then are we?

  88. Canada has always provided cannon fodder for the Empire which owns it and rules it.
    Scroogle is your friend

  89. Every one of us has a traditional past of hunting and gathering. We can no longer live that way, or if we choose to, we are considered poor and homeless. The world has moved on and the aboriginals need to move with it and become North American citizens instead of clinging to a failing culture.

  90. Nearly every issue we have, from the environment to government spending to crime and even aboriginal poverty is exacerbated by population growth. There was a time when young people used few government services so more young folks could pay for services to the old and infirm. The abundance of government programs now means nearly every person in Canada is a net cost to the government (fellow taxpayers). We will not see any progress until governments discourage population growth.

  91. I don't want proportion representation. I'd rather we have run off elections or transferable ballots to ensure a winner in each riding. Bring the voting and decision making to the local level rather than more unaccountable politicians.

    Having a party win seats with as little as 21% (with 5 candidates) of the vote is not capturing the will of the voters. With our system a party can get a majority with 51% of the seats each with 21% of the vote in those ridings. This can result in a majority with support from just over 10% of the voters.

  92. Proportional is not the only solution to first past the post. Run off elections or transferable ballots ensure the majority vote counts for each riding. This brings politics back to the local level where we voters can have some say. Having a block of proportional MPs voting only the party line does not improve democracy or voter engagement.

  93. All the federal politicians do not want to talk about the problems native people in this country are having. Teachers are having it hard on the reserves. Off reserve teachers get more funding for their schools. Off reserve pension funds are more attractive to teachers than those who teach on the reserves. This will set back native children for decades. Even the books that the native children read are out dated.

  94. All the federal politicians do not want to talk about the problems native people in this country are having. Teachers are having it hard on the reserves. Off reserve teachers get more funding for their schools. Off reserve pension funds are more attractive to teachers than those who teach on the reserves. This will set back native children for decades. Even the books that the native children read are out dated.

    • Get rid of the reserve system and you will see life dramatically improve for people living there.

      • You have no realistic understanding of what that would entail. do you? Where would you expect the people now living on reserves to go?

        • When did I say that people need to move anywhere? I said the system needs to be removed, not the people. No more siphoning money into corrupt band leaders while the people go without clean drinking water. More then half the complaints about corruption on reserves that I have heard have come from the people living there.

  95. The future is in the children so why not get children so when they grow up they can care for you?
    You are the only one to suffer! think about your grave mistake.

  96. I am well aware of the environmental degradation that goes on beyond Europe and N. America. My point is that this sort of thing happened EVERYWHERE at one point. Actively destroying as much nature as we possibly could get our hands was once the norm. Cancer causing chemicals? We practically wallowed in poisons like lead and mercury. The victorian age was an incredibly dirty period in our history. We are far ahead of that period in our history and we should be glad for it.

  97. While the garbage dump in the ocean is a neglected disaster, I fail to see how nuclear plants and commercial farms are seen as negatives. Nuclear power is still far safer and more efficient then virtually everything else. If people were more educated on the issue then we would probably be having more of it.

    Commercial farms meanwhile generate 200% more food then traditional farming methods. I'm not attempting to bash traditional farming, or say that commercial farms have pollution issues by any means. Many people in my area still rely on small farms as a reliable source of food. However the pollution generated by commercial farms is merely an issue that can be fixed, not a reason to shut them down.

    No cure in sight? There are hundreds of possible treatments being tested and many have very high success rates. Cancer is yet another issue that is being addressed by intelligence and technology. Time to put away the cardboard signs I'm afraid.

  98. Precisely. Everybody in the world lived by hunting and gathering at one point. Everybody stopped for a reason.

  99. Precisely. Everybody in the world lived by hunting and gathering at one point. Everybody stopped for a reason.

  100. I said we've always played second fiddle to the states. I never said that I want Harper to remain in power or that I support his wild spending policies, and I've more or less always said that Iraq was a foolish endeavour. But I suppose actually reading my comment is less fun then going on a little righteous crusade.

    Hundreds of lives in Afghanistan? Does that mean we need to send B.C. loggers back home too? They are doing their jobs and they are doing them well. Afghanistan has benefitted in some ways to the war and suffered in others (trying to pick off terrorists who look exactly like civilians with predator missiles from 20 000 feet off the ground is an exercise in failure and idiocy.)

    Honest to god leave the username alone!! Do you know how much thought and time I put into it? Very little. My orgional intent was to go by the more clever version of the1te11ectua1, (replacing the I's and l's with 1's. Oh the burning wit!) but changed it to the normal spelling once I realized that intensedebate does not allow usernames with numbers. I suppose the moral is think before you rant, you crazy harpy!

  101. The issue is the G20 and the arming & deploying our police against our right to peaceful dissent.

  102. Wow, you just woke up after a hundred years?

  103. With inflation rate rising faster than expected, Bank of Canada will be forced to raise interest rates quite soon. Servicing our national and personal debts will soon become an on your face heavier burden. I would have liked to see spending cuts and plans in tackling the debt instead of those many spending promises. Too bad there are still many of us who can be enticed with promised candies, though we may end up paying for all of those.
    Has anyone ever wondered why Canada has not felt the recession in as much as many countries have? Could it be partly because we are used to living in perpetual recession, that we just do not know the difference between what is and isn't? If many of us are already content at this stage, imagine how more content we would be if we truly advance forward, not merely due to the weakness of other countries' economy and their currencies, but due to our own strength, innovations, initiative, and achievements. Hah what a dream! Now, to back breaking reality guys – tackling those heavy debts with its debilitating rising interests.

  104. I think ‘Democratic Reform’ is the biggest issue for me. I would like our Governing Body to be representative of over 50% of the Population.

  105. I wish Harper would get back to his roots when it comes to Democratic Reform. The Reform Party had pushed heavily for an equal and elected federal senate along with MP recall legislation.
    Having checks and balances and accountability with recall legislation would make me much more comfortable with having a majority made up of any current party.
    Our current system of government is really nothing more than an elected four year dictatorship.

  106. The most neglected issue is official bilingualism. BILINGUALISM has become a TOOL for disempowering anglos in English Canada and a major source of national DEBT. There is another, 4th, amendment to the OLA in the making – communications with and services to the public (Bill S-220 died on order paper, but will be revived, of course). Bill S-220 goes too far, especially as it will affect the private sector, provincial and municipal governments and the RCMP. Who will pay the additional costs? It already cost Canadian taxpayers over $1, 000,000,000,000 (trillion), including public and privare sectors, since its inception in 1969.

    The number one worry for Canadians is health care. Why do we starve health care, but lavishly spend on useless bilingualism???

  107. @tourist13- "At the end of the day, the NDP are a socialist party and will push for a socialist agenda. No thanks."
    ___________

    At the end of the day, the Conservatives are a Fascists party and will push for a totalitarian agenda. No thanks!. LOL!.