The debates are over and the policies laid out. So much mud has been slung that the airwaves ooze with it. It’s election time in Canada!
We will soon decide the fate of our country for the foreseeable future. Will we choose to throw open the blinds, raise the windows, and let the strong winds of hope and change make clean the halls of Parliament? Shall we sweep away the remnants of an old and tattered regime that seeks power and nothing else? Can we finally end a regime that draws strength from pitting one group against another; by stirring up prejudices best left in the last century; a regime that revels in the politics of fear?
This is the Harper government and this is its legacy. Make no mistake, it is his government and his alone. This election is about him – no matter what he says on TV. It’s time to say goodbye to this man who surrounded himself with scandal-tainted appointees, whose senior advisers slipped quietly into the dark night rather than stand with him for re-election.
Canadians have given Mr. Harper’s vicious personal attacks the benefit of doubt too many times. In this campaign, however, he has set new benchmarks. Benchmarks that show just how low he will go to hold on to power. There does not appear to be a level to which Mr. Harper will not stoop if he spies a few votes for the taking.
Mr. Harper has single-handedly squandered the sterling reputation Canada enjoyed as the bulwark of peaceful nations, an honest broker that united people not divided them.
Now, more than ever before, Canada needs you, it needs your family, it needs your friends, to vote on Oct. 19 – vote and send an overwhelming demand for positive change on Parliament Hill.