I’m posting on the reasons I won’t vote for Stephen Harper and his party:
The federal election in 2015 is one of the longest in Canadian history: the longest in memory, certainly. The is time during which the election is called, our government does not operate, and previous actions being taken are ended. The standard election period is currently defined at a minimum of 37 days: this is over twice that long. The only ones that were longer were over a century ago (and in a country preparing to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017, that’s saying something): in 1867 and 1872. In those days, voting “was staggered across the country over a period of several months, necessarily extending the length of the campaigns” (680 News). Those were the days of the development of the telegraph (patented 1837), the telephone (patented 1876) and ultimately radio (invented 1895): when the communication we take for granted was much more difficult. Today people use the Internet and satellite for almost instant communication: friends in BC and Newfoundland can read my posts instantly after they’re published each day at 4:00pm. We don’t need a long election period these days: the only reason we have one is that Harper perceives it is in his best interest: to redouble his control over our country. Let’s prove him wrong, Canada.