The fall is auguring change for the October 19th election. Two thirds across what will be the longest election in living memory most polls vary in results, with one exception: Canadians in very large majorities want chang and do not agree with the direction of the country. This has been a great handicap for the Conservatives, as they struggled out of the gate early on in the election. They have also been sideswiped by a series of events, some of their making, some not. The list seems to grow weekly, but voters seem adamant to let them take the responsibility for the Duffy trial, the recessionary climate of the economy, low oil prices and the refugee crisis. Their chances of winning a majority, at least currently, are miniscule by all measures. The Conservative record does them no help. We have struggled economically in the east of the country for some time as manufacturing flounders and the now
the west is hit with low oil prices and higher unemployment. The great calculus of turning Canada into an energy superpower has turned to dust, even as our foreign policy master plan has whittled. At home, controversy over Bill C-51 and nonexisting environmental
policy has left the Conservative party on the outs with more Canadians than at any time over the lifespan of this government. Not even conservatives are very enthused about the party as time has proven its leadership and Harper more adept at surviving that at being truly Conservative, a too Liberal quality for most true conservatives. The government of the last 10 years has racked the most debt in history and has failed to please the social conservative base by tackling issues such as abortion or gay marriage. In essence, there is not much to show, except for things such as cuts to the CBC and government science budgets. So change is coming, and we only know that it will be a close election regardless of the outcome. The Liberals, new leader on hand, are buoyed by polls that show them still in contention, but are promising things that most of us have heard from them that they failed to do in the past. For our part at the Downsview Advocate, we feel that real change would come in the form of an NDP government. Thomas Mulcair has shown that he is ready for the job on day one and would tackle economic issues without reducing
investment in the things that are important to the community, such as employment, pensions for seniors and childcare. After 10 years of Conservative government, we need real change.