Canadians are approaching what is likely the most important federal election in a generation. While in our system, unlike the American one, we do not directly elect a leader, our individual vote for our MP is a proxy vote for a leader. With this is mind, here is my partial wish list for our next Prime Minister. The next Prime Minister should be someone who:
respects democracy, and does not use tricks like prorogation to hold onto power;
respects our court system, and does not waste taxpayer money fighting its decisions;
supports wounded vets, and does not shortchange them on their pensions;
encourages the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and does not muzzle scientists;
believes in using evidence to develop social policy, and does not attempt to thwart it by, for example, cancelling the long form census;
protects the environment, and does not gut environmental laws;
accepts refugees on their merits, not their religion;
takes a balanced approach to problems in the Middle East, and does not rabidly support Israel and condemn Muslim countries;
values knowledge of international significance, and does not close science libraries and internationally recognized long term research facilities such as the Experimental Lakes Area;
encourages us to live with hope, not fear;
works for the best interests of Canadians, not multinational oil companies;
supports the CBC, not slowly strangle it to death;
remembers that he works for us, and that he is answerable to us through the media.
I strongly encourage everyone to vote. It is our right, but more importantly, our responsibility. Please be thoughtful in your decision and dont succumb to the negative advertising so pervasive today.