Column: Long election season ahead

As expected, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put Canada officially into the election mode on Sunday.

As expected, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put Canada officially into the election mode on Sunday. It’s going to be a long 11 weeks until election day and I’m not looking forward to the barrage of attack ads we’ll be subjected to.

They get tiresome. Why can’t each party just tell us how they could run the country so we could make an intelligent choice rather than being besieged with propaganda? This business of trying to discredit others because you disagree is childish.

If you can’t make a good case for your side of an argument without calling down the other guys, maybe it’s because you have nothing good to say about yourself or your side. Politicians may believe the only way to get up the ladder is to push everyone else off, but it’s a poor way to run a democracy.

What does the ad being shown on TV ad nauseam noting that Justin Trudeau has nice hair, but he “Just isn’t ready” to be our leader prove?

Mr. Harper’s hair isn’t so bad either but there are people who think he’s passed his best before date.

According to the Globe and Mail, calling the election early will cost an extra $125 million, a goodly sum of that from taxpayers’ pockets.


Three people who will benefit from the early dissolution of Parliament are suspended senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. The rules say they were only suspended while the House was sitting so they will be back on salary now. Both Duffy and Brazeau face charges in court.


It was comforting to see the Martin Mars water bomber finally in action but aircraft fighting wild fires in the Kelowna area were grounded because someone was flying drones in their fire fighting space. Would that someone be ignorant or stupid?


Haven’t heard any city person expressing delight over the new community mailboxes.

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.

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