As speculation mounts about an impending election, I’m sure a lot of Canadians will wonder about the reasons for its necessity at this time.
Perhaps it’s just my relative indifference of late, but I really don’t see any compelling reason to go to the polls – especially given the alternative choices on offer. What significant difference would the Liberals bring to the government in the highly unlikely event that they managed to supplant Harper’s Conservatives?
Most probably if there was to be an election, according to surveys, the Liberals would be decimated – which may not be an altogether bad thing, given that it would eventually produce a new leader, shake up the establishment, and perhaps even result in some fresh policy directions for the party.
Of course, it could be argued that the downside of that would be a Conservative majority for the next four years… but then it’s not like they haven’t already been governing as such, with little restraint from the Liberals – indeed, with their backing in most instances. However, given absolutely free reign and untrammeled power, perhaps then Canadians will finally be able to take the full measure of what the Harper Government® is truly all about. And maybe that – as disagreeable and possibly damaging to the country though the prospect may be – is what’s required to jump start the political dynamic in Canada.