Thursday, October 2, 2008

Where's The Platform, Stephen?

We're going to hear a lot about this from the opposition parties in the next few days, we heard it brought up in tonight's debate, so let's get this out in the open right now:

The advance polls open tomorrow morning. The Conservatives will, presumably, want people to go to the polls and vote for their candidates. It would be helpful if, to assist Canadians in making this choice, the Tories would... you know... RELEASE A POLICY PLATFORM.

We're what, 4 weeks into the election? The advance polls open TOMORROW. WHERE is the Conservative platform? We all know there's got to BE one - they were the only party that knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that an election was coming, and exactly when. I understand withholding it until the debates are over, so you're only getting attacked on your record, and not on your ideas. I don't agree with it, but I understand it. But the debates are over, and the polls are opening in a few hours. So, where's the platform the Tories want us to support with a majority?

Asking us to cast these early ballots before showing us a platform is asking Canadians to sign a blank cheque. "We don't need to know your policies, we trust you". Nice thought - but it's not how responsible democracies pursue governance.

It already looks bad, Tories. Don't let it get worse. Platform, please.

4 comments:

janfromthebruce said...

Well there is none, and that's why conservative candidates can't speak or attend debates. They don't have a platform or talking points.

saskboy said...

Worse for the Cons, their website refers to fixed elections and elected senators as accomplishments under "Accountability". And they lack an Economy section in their Key Issues.

Anonymous said...

Gotta say this is what I've been wondering from the start... or rather I was thinking that the Cons were calling an election to tag the economic down turn onto env. policies that the 'electorate' might demand... and to avoid economic bad news...which seems to be Worse news than I expected.

Where's the beef, Stephen?

greengirl

calgarygrit said...

Well, they did finally slap a rush job together, but my feeling is that was only because of criticism Harper got during the debate.