Column: Lots of time to make up mind on federal election

So, who do you think is going to win the right to represent Canadians in parliament this October?

So, who do you think is going to win the right to represent Canadians in parliament this October?

All leaders did relatively well in the television debate and seemed ready to go in this election, however, since then there have been some gaffs that may have some voters shaking their heads.

But then I guess it’s a long campaign and they perhaps will be forgotten by the time electors cast their ballots.

Let’s hope the extended time frame of this election may get more voters out as they will have had a long time to make up their minds and head to the polls.

Stephen Harper (Conservative), Tom Mulcair (NDP), Justin Trudeau (Liberal) and Elizabeth May (Green) will certainly have enough time to convince the voters they are the leader that can govern our country.

The Senate hearings have resumed and that will certainly add a spark to this Canadian contest.

By now we have heard the much awaited Nigel Wright depositions at the Senate hearings and the political sparks that have come from the mouths of candidates running in the next election.

It would seem that Canadians are divided over reforming or abolishing the Senate but they do not want the continuation of an un-elected and unaccountable Senate.

I don’t think we need a Senate, however, if there is to be one, it should be elected across the country.

Trudeau, it seems has moved left of the NDP by promising to tax the rich, which will hit him more directly, but will hurt us all indirectly as the economy suffers.

Beyond that, he too would impose proportional representation, but hasn’t figured out which cockeyed scheme.

And he’ll do whatever he figures may win votes for the Liberals.

Just as Harper does whatever he figures may win votes for the Conservatives and Mulcair for the NDP.

And the NDP is institutionally linked to the unions, which these days means mainly public-sector unions committed to exploiting governments’ monopolies to extort the maximum for their members at the expense of the taxpayers and those who rely on their services.

Harper, as every prime minister before him, faces the most heat in this election. Everyone, it seems like, wants to tear a strip off the incumbent PM and that goes with the territory I suspect.

Dick Harris Conservative member for this riding almost doubled his vote over the next closet candidate which was NDP.

In Canada we only had 61 per cent turn out to vote in the last election.

That’s atrocious. About 27 per cent of voters said they were not interest, 22 per cent said they were too busy and almost four per cent said they forgot to vote.

Get out to vote in this election, folks.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.