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I just spent a little time looking into the local candidates for the big three parties. In a pleasant surprise, after being disappointed with our Provincial canididate last year, I was fairly impressed with Paul Summerville, and his website. Sadly, he doesn't stand much chance of getting more than a handful of votes because he is running against Carolyn Bennett, and Peter Kent.

Summerville is arguably one of the more "right-wing" or at least "mainstream" NDP candidates out there - he's arguably the NDP's entire economic platform - he's a former Bay street economist, who has worked his entire career inside the machine that more radical NDP supporters would love to see dismantled. He's caught a lot of flak because of this, but it's the only reason I think he has a chance of making a semi-decent showing.

Bennett is Minister of State (public health), and has held this riding for quite a while. She's got a pretty good record on women's rights and generally seems not bad, for a Liberal. It unlikely that either of the other candidates will manage to oust her. She won the last election by over 20,000 votes.

Kent is a news anchor for Global TV, and as such, has a lot more name and face recognition than the other candidates. (For Americans - he's the older brother of "SCUD stud" Arthur Kent).
In researching this, I discovered that the average household income for my riding is twice the average household income for the country. I knew my neighbours were rich, but I didn't realise that many of them were *that* rich. Zil and I are well below average for this neighbourhood, though still "doing pretty damned well" compared to the national average.

*edit* I started this *before* I went on vacation, and just found that I had left the window open... Yes, I am silly.

Kent seems to be winning the sign competition so far - I haven't seen a single orange sign, though that's not a surprise for this neighbourhood.

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whynotsteve
Jan. 5th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
We have an orange sign on our lawn (our landlord put it there; good thing he's not a Conservative *g*).
curgoth
Jan. 6th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I haven't really been around much of the riding - my survey consists mainly of Spadina between St. Clair and Eglinton. I'd be tempted to hang an NDP sign off of my balcony, but only some squirrels would see it.
the_doughboy
Jan. 6th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm mad at politics right now, and my local candidates are annoying, I live in Bramalea-Bolton-Gore.
Right now I like the social aspects of the Liberals and the financial too to a point, but I'm off the opinion they don't deserve it, I also agree with Choice and equal rights amongst raises and sexuality and all that stuff which would tend to lean me left. But I believe in good fiscal responsibility, not to the extent of Harris, but more like Ralph Klien (minus his Health Care crap)
So I can't vote liberal cause I don't trust them
I can't vote Conservative because I'm afraid of them when it comes to Health care and equal rights and stuff like that. Though if McKay was leader I think I could trust them a bit more, Harper just looks Shifty
I can't vote NDP, because I still have fears of someone like Bob Rae coming into office.
So that leaves me with the Green party I guess.

To further confuse the issue our local Liberal candidate is Sikh and is against equal rights for women and same sex marriage and everything like that. I'm not sure if he really is or percieves he has to be to win in our ridding.

Our Conservative candidate is trying to walk the line and is for an Open vote on major social issues, which people could take either way, meaning he would vote against his party or that he would like the liberals to vote against their party.

So thats it. The last federal election was actually the first time I voted Liberal, my federal history has been Reform-Reform-Allaince-Liberal (I think there were 4) basically I loved Preston, and Stockwell was pretty good, but Harper is creepy, I think its his shifty eyes, they send shivers down my spine.
night__watch
Jan. 6th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
*shock* Imagine! Two mid-level, educated computer DINKs, higher than average income.

This on the realization that 2006 marks ten years since I first got OSAP.
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