I am a long time friend and current volunteer on Christine Tabbert's campaign; thank you for sharing your concerns. I will respect this forum and not high jack it to make a pitch for Christine...but would like to share a few things to help everyone make the best decision possible...and ultimately vote for change.
1) Christine is born and raised outside Pembroke; her family is now in its 5th generation dairy farming operation
2) If you would like to follow where Christine is campaigning, she is posting daily updates to her Twitter and and Facebook pages (and the Twitter posts can be viewed on her main web page too)
3) If you would like to know when Christine is going to be campaigning in the western edge of the county please contact the campaign office at 613 629 2010.
Have a great day and see you at the polls,
Currently there are 5 people running in this riding. With our 1st past the post system this almost guarantees another win for Ms Gallant. Our only hope is to reduce vote splitting and to convince soft Conservative supporters to switch sides. I am sure Hec is a very hard working canidate as I am sure they all are. My hat is off to anyone who has the courage and energy to enter such a tough race, but we must remember that up until recently this riding was a liberal stronghold.Even Hec held the riding as a Liberal until the issue of gun control came along.Realistically the only two parties that can hope to form a government are the liberals or Conservatives (Harpercons} Polls across the country are beginning to reflect an increase momentum for the Liberals. and there is no reason to think that momentum will not reflect in this riding as well.
The Conservatives are weak in most areas. Harper is very weak in health care and Democracy. They seem to be making things up as they go along.
This may be the most important election ever in Canada. Voters of all ages need to get out and vote . .
First of all THANK YOU (yes - I'm shouting 'cause I'm excited) for a Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke post. I'm on twitter, and it's a bit lonely there.
I think I agree with Marie. Hec Clouthier is the one who can replace Gallant. He's independent, so he appeals to both Conservatives and Liberals. Canada is experiencing some political indigestion right now - we're really divided regionally, and none of the "established" parties have a leader that appeals to Canadians from sea to sea to sea. So, we're in a minority government situation, and like it or not, we're here for a while.
Lets be realistic, it's the major urban centres that are going to decide which party makes up the minority government. Our riding needs to vote for someone who is going to represent us. Towing the party line didn't work for us, and it hasn't worked for the past 11 years. We need:
1. Someone who knows parliament inside and out, and not new to the parliamentary process
2. Someone who is politically connected & well respected by the political establishment
3. Someone who will vote for our needs
Sorry, but Christine Tabbert doesn't fit any of these. Neither does Gallant, and ditto for the NDP guy (sorry - haven't seen any signs, so I don't know his name).
If this riding is serious about getting rid of Gallant, we need to stand behind Clouthier.
Hi Marie and Seana.
I hope you are both right. I would still bet on Christine For a # of reasons.
Hec ran as an Independant in 1993 and lost. The Liberal won
In 1997 Hec switched to Liberal and won. Held seat for3 years.
In 2000 Hec ran as a Liberal and lost to Ms gallant over the gun registry.
In 2004-06-08 elections the Liberals always came second ,losing to Ms Gallant.Hec did not run
In 2011 Hec is running as an Independant once again.
In all previous elections the race was between the Conservatives or Liberals. The independent canidates or fringe canidates came last. I am uncomfortable with Hecs switching parties,it is a real red flag to me and I think it will be to others.
This mornings Nanos poll shows Liberals and Neocons neck and neck in ontario.Libs 42.8% ,neocons 42.1%. Stunning
Of couse polls change and this weeks debate will be important. A small Ekos poll done in Ottawa only ,show the Libs57% and Neocons27%.
In Canada people vote almost always by party. Parties can achieve things MPs rarely can on thier own. Independants usually have very little effect on the House of Commons
Just to let you know, I voted Neocon in the last two elections but woke up in Dec2009 when Harper prorogued Parliment to halt the investigation of the Afghan detainee torture issue. As for Mr ignatieff, after watching him in this campaign I am very impressed. Maggie
I wouldn't worry so much about Clouthier switching from Liberal to Independent. I agree - switching parties is never a good sign, ie Charrest going from Conservative to Liberal, or Rae going from NDP to Liberal. That kind of ideology switching is troubling.
Independent to Liberal and back again just shows that he has leanings towards that party, but perhaps feels too confined by party rule.
Upfront Disclaimer: I'm a volunteer on Christine Tabbert's campaign and am looking to support the conversation with facts and not use this forum as "sell".
I agree with Maggie (above) that "Independants usually have very little effect on the House of Commons" and struggle to represent themselves in the House. Here is my understanding of how the House operates around independent MP's (and why I'm supporting Christine):
* The independant does not get a question in Question Period unless the other parties give them a chance
* Independents do not receive research monies; the beauty of a party MP is they get
funding from the House according to how many seats they have. They can then develop a Research Bureau which helps the members create Bills (that presumably support thier region)
* History has shown that an MP in a caucus who can get the weight of the caucus behind them can introduce legislation; an independent MP without a caucus rarely if ever can introduce legislation