I’m somebody who’s more than a little bit tired of being less than impressed by our politicians. And so I decided to try and do something about it. If for no other reason than to keep my head from exploding.
If asked to describe my political philosophy I’d have to say that I’m all over the board. When it comes to fiscal policy I tend to be fairly conservative, but when it comes to social policy I tend to be fairly liberal. At first glance those positions might be contradictory, but most of the time they don’t have to be. Sometimes it means that hard decisions need to be made, but isn’t that why we have political leaders; to do the necessary research, to carry out the consultation and then make the tough calls.
For those that are curious about which political party I support, the answer is there isn’t one. I have nothing against political parties or against people who join them (I’ve been a member of more than one political party in my life), but right now there isn’t a party that closely represents my beliefs. When it comes to elections I take a look at the platforms, past records, public comments, etc. and try to find a party or candidate that comes closest to what I believe. And if I can’t do that, I vote for the party or person that I think will do the least amount of damage. But one thing is certain, I always vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to be grumpy about the government you get.
Personally, I’m a lifelong Canadian who lives in Toronto, Ontario.