Monday, April 11, 2011
Canada's Federal Election 2011: Promises! Promises! Promises!
The Federal Election will take place in less than a month. So far, there have been lots of promises (aka platforms) from politicians. Whether these pledges will be kept or not is anybody's guess. But it has not escaped un-noticed by voters that many politicians are like chameleons, they change colours.
To be fair, Canadian voters and the media must bear some responsibilities. Many ppl and interest groups are looking for promising promises and cast their votes accordingly, forcing politicians to make them up on-demand. So what if these pledges are empty and half- true, one can always change the tune later. And if power does change hand, one may conveniently put the blame on the previous regime for "leaving the cupboards empty".
In this age of photo-ops & sound-bites, woe are the politicians who don't "commit". We all remember Canada's one-time Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who, upon being asked abt her position on a certain policy, responded that more analyses were needed. She was turfed out.
Never mind abt analyses and rationality. Voters want promises !!!
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