The Choice is Obvious

Tomorrow marks the end – finally - of the marathon election campaign, a race so long we’ve almost run out of fabricated scandals and meme ideas.

As Canadians head to the ballot box, many are still not completely sure where their ‘x’ will go.  Polls, which have recently become a favourite post-vote topic because of their inaccuracy, have for the most part shown a tight 3-way race which in the final days has dropped down to a battle between the Conservatives and the Liberals.

In a campaign in which the Harper Hater crowd had two viable choices, many in the past couple of weeks have migrated to the Liberals.  This is interesting, in that NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is obviously more experienced and dare I say ‘ready’ to govern than the name-lottery winner and former drama teacher Justin Trudeau.

Team Orange looked poised to be the threat to the ruling Conservatives only to see their numbers drop soon after the Tommunist Manisfesto celebrities made news with their push to destroy Canadian capitalism.

Once a link was formed in the mind’s eye of the public between the NDP and the weirdo group, the numbers sank.

Barring the unforeseen, it could stand that Pam Palmater and her band of idiots did more to destroy Mulcair’s chances than anything the Liberals or Conservatives put out there.

Now we head into tomorrow’s vote with several polls showing Justin Trudeau’s Liberals poised to defeat the incumbent Tories. 

This is a party which has promised to turn the current surplus into several consecutive years of deficits (yes, they’re actually running on that) and whose ‘tax cuts’ would be wasted by other new taxes such as a carbon tax.

The Liberals themselves are the same group of backroom puppet-masters who have tried various figureheads as a means to retake power: the experienced Francophone Stephane Dion, the intellectual Michael Ignatieff.  Both failed miserably.

Learning that attempting to match Harper on the basis of skill was not a winner, the tall foreheads of the Liberal party decided to forego the idea of a capable leader and instead played to the low-info crowd. 

Justin Trudeau is relatively young, stylish, and he carries a name that, for many Canadians, hearkens back to a time in our history that has become vastly over-glorified.  One only need ask an Albertan who was around in the 1970’s and ‘80’s how great Justin’s father was for the country.

The economy is still fragile, and even the most stringent progressives have been forced to admit that Harper’s Conservatives have done a good job navigating through the choppy waters.  Introducing a big-spending government right now would be deadly, yet the Liberals still ride high.

The Mideast is exploding and the issue of terrorism both overseas and at home is real in spite of the cries of ‘fear-mongering!’ from the left.

The world today is calling for strong leaders who will have to make incredibly difficult choices on both the domestic and foreign fronts.

Push aside the ‘scandals’, narratives, and false accusations, and you are left with the reality of tomorrow’s vote.

The choice is obvious.

The last thing Canada needs right now is to ignore the need for skill and experience and to vote out of sentimentality. 

That is why Stephen Harper’s Conservatives will get my ‘x’.

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