So the Liberals launched their election platform today. You can download your copy here. Though I’ve read the entire 76 pages of it while I should have been clearing my kitchen table, I’m not going to get into it too much other than to say it’s pretty visionary. Not just high level visionary either. It’s also not boring. And I don’t mind admitting that it kind of made me misty. It will be interesting to see how other parties react.
One thing that’s bothering me through this election is the constant attack on Dion for lacking charisma. I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to lose a lot of respect as soon as any politician opens his or her mouth. Am I the only person who chooses to be informed almost exclusively through written word for this reason? I know there’s merit in actually listening to what candidates have to say, but the newspapers & blogs are going to cover all of that stuff anyway. Locally I’ve been able to speak to all but our Green Party candidate in person and each has their own quirks and charms. Betsy MacGregor has charisma aplenty. She practically runs circles around Del Mastro when it comes to having off the cuff discussions with people about the issues they feel most pressing. She’s incredibly well-versed in her supporters’ concerns as well as those of the opposition and she’s made a point of reminding the agricultural community that agriculture is kind of what she does. She’s kind of foxy too. I’m pretty sure she’s rockin’ women voters in my end of town at least. Steve Sharpe doesn’t carry quite the same charisma (perhaps he’s the microcosmic Dion?) but has done some hardcore canvassing lately through which he has proven that his knowledge and sensibilities make up for his apparent quietness. Did I mention that the guy is also brilliant? Not even in the uber-nerdy, socially inept way. I don’t know how he does what he does in a day and still has room to think big thoughts about big issues. But he does. And he’s good at it. He reflects the values of his party on the grand scale and is very in tune with local issues as well. As for Del Mastro? Well I guess here is where I admit that I’m pretty absolutely anti-paranoid-reactionary-hastoomuchofabonerforGotrains-Del Mastro. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the Go. I’m just anti-anti-anti-Del Mastro (that’s a triple negative, for the record).
So, I guess my point is that in this little itty bitty riding that we have, we get a lot of exposure to political goings-on. I will likely tune in to the candidates debates or catch them on youtube at some point, but I really would like to know how the rest of you are informed. How and why and when, if at all. I have a hunch that there are many of us doing it my way and worry that it may be a highly neglected factor in campaigning.
In the meantime I’m going to go back to making chicken soup.