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  • Bill from Edmonton

  • Paul from Ottawa

  • Joe Smith from Campbellford, ON

  • David from Montreal

  • Dennis Keese from Kingston, ON

  • Margaret Bear from Kelowna, BC

  • Paul from Saskatchewan

  • Richard Denton from Kirkland Lake, ON

  • Shirley Forsythe from Hamilton, ON

  • Thursday, March 31 (Election Day 6):

    Your Take: How do you feel the leaders did on week one of the campaign?

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  • Contempt of Parliament by the Harper government is an apt finding. How can anyone put trust in that party?Yet Harper talks about not being able to trust "the coalition" or any other party singly. This is just mindless jibber-jabber that doesn't even work in used car sales. His campaign is already tired!
  • I like the idea of strategic voting, with a twist. I think that if the voters of the Leaders' ridings would vote the Leaders out they would not only be doing Canada a great service, but at the same time they would be lobbing a volley across the Parliamentary bough. If the Leaders got dumped the parties would have to find new leaders, and instead of looking for a fellow to win they would also be giving a great consideration to finding someone that could work harmoniously in Parliament.
  • Harper lost my vote. his cowardice over the one on one debate is a disgrace. he has no buisiness running for PM if he is that weak a leader.
  • If, Canadian Citizens took a minute to reflect, they would see that the leaders of the Liberals & the NDP are in bed together. They got together & conspired and then took the house down. On board a ship/vessel this action is referred to as Mutiny & in the Canadian military this action is referred to as Treason. If anyone out there believes that these two people really care about Canada & its' citizens...then you are living in the dark. These two individuals are only concerned about themselves & their own 'ego's. The best thing that could happen for Canadains would be for both these traitors to loose their seats in the house, following which the elected government could get on with running this country.
  • Technically nobody holds a seat right now because Parliament has been dissolved-let Elizabeth May into the debate. Don't undermine democracy via the media.
  • I also want Elizabeth May included in the debate - she is the leader of a national party and deserves airtime. She was the one focused on the issues in the last debate.
  • Elizabeth May needs to be included in the debates!!! She brought so much more to the conversation last time. Otherwise it is just the usual rhetoric! The green Party are running a candidate in every riding. That is better than the BLOC.
  • Stratigic voting is a sign of little faith or hope in our present system of government. I see it worse than that. I do not see our system as democractic at all. Democracy is the people getting a say between elections, as in the Swiss System of Direct Democracy. The people of Switzerland have made all the countries decisions since 1848. When did we ever get a say, aside from the odd referendum. In Parliament, during undemocratic Confidence Votes Harper and Ignatieff forced their party members to vote as a block, often against the will of the constituents the members are paid to represent. Where is the democracy in that.
  • I want to hear more about issues important to me - number 1 is environmental protection, then health care. I want to hear long term planning for a sustainable economy in the global context. I am not impressed with politicians trying to buy my vote, or by other short term measures. I am not very interested in "integrity" - I expect that all politicians are about the same in that regard.
  • I question why Mr. Doucette is invited to participate in the federal debate. He calls himself a separatist representing ONLY Quebec? Ms. May represents the Green party for Canada? This decision is at the root why so many average Canadians (especially the young) think their vote dosen't count. Shame on the "people" who arrived at this decision. Was this decision democratic?
  • I do not live in Quebec, what has the leader of the Bloc said he will do for me? he proudly proclaimes his focus is Quebec. E May is obviously more qualified to be included in the debate, she will work for all Canadians.
  • I really cannot understand why they would not let the green party in the debate on TV, as news reports are you not suppose to get all views, this is a registered party and they are also a national party, come on news stations, lets get all points of view from all our registered parties. I think that this should go out on the social network to see what all Canaidian's think. Bit slanted to what the broadcast companies want and if they do not want to let the green party on the debates give us all the reasoning behind it. I am so upset about this, I do not want to watch the Canaidian broadcasting channels.
  • I just don't think I understand, why a fully competent leader such as May, is refused the right to be heard. The public debates are all about Canadians tuning in and understanding what each Party stands for, and how suitable their promises really hold up to be. It's absolutely... cowardly of the other leaders to not have to face the Green Party in the debate. She doesn't hold threat of taking away that many of their votes. What she does hold threat of, is raising questions they'd rather not answer. To tell you the truth, if anything, cutting May out of the debate lowers my confidence and respect for the other leaders. We're putting full grown men up onstage, and if they can't handle sharing the spotlight, or answer troubling questions, why should we be trusting them with our whole country?
  • May should be allowed to participate. Our voting options are far too limiting already. I'm finding that Layton has some interesting points. Harper should consider responding to those ideas. I see no reason to continue providing corporations with such a low tax rate when they have yet to show Canadians that this economic policy really works. Perhaps Government should be controlling the distribution of wealth for all Canadians. Corporate Canada has only assisted a small percentage of wealthy Canadians with portfolios large enough to actualy live off. Middle and lower income Canadians are providing those funds yet are falling behind at an alarming rate. The majority are not keeping pace with even the basic C.O.L. increases. Ignatief should apply his education packages to all students including trades not just University courses. A resouce based economy can not survive on a population overloaded with Degrees, we all require the tradespeople a well. As far as pensions go, Private Pension plans have been corupted, Corporate plans are unsecure. Instead of bailing out those corporate pensions pensions at risk should placed into the Public Service Plan, that's where the bail out funds should go first. Stop giving bailouts to Failing Corporate economists to deal out. Taxpayers should educate themselves and stop blaming the Governments mistakes on the Public Service. The Goverment of the day makes the policy not the public service.
  • I agree that Elizabeth May should be included in the debates! I cannot think why a regional party should be there when a national party is to be excluded. I hope the media consortium re-thinks it's shameful decision.
  • please ask Mr. Harper a question for me as we the public have no access to him in this campain. =>In regards to the $2-per-vote subsidy, Harper says "taxpayers should not financially support political parties that they don't support with their votes." Does he mean all votes for other than the winning party don't count or taxpayers don't vote for anywone other than the winning party. This is the spupidest statement of the election campain so far. Is it not showing that if he gets a majority with around 40% of the vote he will ignore the remaining 60%'s views.
  • The media is a powerful source for knowledge about our world, and many are disillusioned by the manipulation we see in our news sources. The recent decision to exclude the Green party from the leaders' debate only confirms this. When a national party is excluded from (arguably) the most important debate in our 'free and fair' elections, this infringes on our access to information, discouraging us from making truly informed decisions about our government. Regardless of which party we support, I think we need to uphold the democratic process, and demonstrate a type of politics that goes beyond strategics but seeks to genuinely understand and represent the interests of all the people. With that said, I am most interested in hearing what Elizabeth May has to say at the table. The economy is on the minds of many Canadians, and I think she provides knowledgeable insight into 'green'/sustainable economic initiatives.
  • It is an embarrassment to watch our political leaders throw insults at each other, promise all kinds of unrealistic programs they'll never deliver on and have this on display for the world to see this is Canada's political system. Makes you want to crawl into a hole somewhere and hide....
  • Canadians need to start realizing this is an historic election. Mr. Harper has made his view of Canada clear in many ways. He has written about his disdain for our social programs (ie health care, CPP, etc.) and those who value them. He has derided our system of government in writing and deed being leader of the first government in parliamentary history to be found in contempt and them making light of it. Why does he wish to be Prime Minister of a country he has so little respect for? More importantly, why do so many Canadians even consider him a viable candidate? Read some of the things he has written and said. There is no hidden agenda, it is there for anyone to see.
  • I am a former supporter of the Liberals, but no more. I cannot stand the arrogance shown by the Liberals especially the leader Micheal Ignatieff. The Liberals along with the NDP think that Canadians are stupid and cannot form an opinion or vote the proper way. They think Canadians need to be told how to vote and how to be governed. This will be shown when they realize they will not win the election and they attempt to form a coalition which goes against the majority of Canadian's wishes. I plan on voting for the Conservatives and hopefully it will be a majority and the Liberals will be relegated to the public gallery.
  • I think the PC's are onto something with the promise to delay implementing promises until the buget is balanced. Pass a law that the MP's get paid when they balance the buget. If that doesn't happen until 2015, think of the money we would save.
  • I think that we should boycott the so called leaders debate, as they haven't included all the party leaders...under the 'they have no elected members' rule???? I think I'm not the only person in Kana-duhhhh who's noticed that right now no one has an elected member...we're in the middle of an election...
  • Considering all the jockeying for power and majority, hasn't the fact of minority power sharing been of much greater benefit to us than a single party monopoly? Everyone's ideas received air time and even consideration. Win win for everyone, especially mr. John Q. Public!!
  • Terry Anderson from Calgary, AB

  • Ken Billings of Ottawa, ON

  • Bob Woken of Rycroft, AB wonders why the leaders aren't talking about a national nuclear strategy

  • Jim Burgner of Vancouver, BC on why it's essential to understand the seriousness of what contempt of parliament really means.

  • Monday, April 11 (Election Day 17):

    Your Take: How important are the debates in deciding your vote?

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  • Abdullah Ibrahim, London, ON

  • Andrea Hill-Lehr, Wolfville, NS

  • Garth Hunter, Slocan Valley,
    BC

  • Helene Shiff, Toronto, ON

  • Julia Van De Spiegle, Winnipeg, MB

  • Janice Wilson, Hamilton, ON

  • Judy Keeler, Toronto, ON

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