On September 22nd, 2008 I sent this to the local Liberal Candidate:
Good Day Ms. Gauthier,
I live in your riding and would like more information about your stance on Personal Freedom, Government Transparency, Nuclear Power, Culture and Entertainment, Unions and International Trade.
Thanks for your time,
Straight forward and simple, I was looking for responses from the three Candidates in my riding who most closely resembeled my political leanings. The Candidates from the Green and NDP parties replied. Daniel O’Neail’s Green Party most closely resembles the majority of my Political Leanings (save their enviornmental stance, which I do not agree with) but Irene Mathyssen presented a more comprehensive and nuanced stance for the NDP. The Liberal Candidate has yet to reply and with just a few short days left, they have made my decision all the easier, as my arbitrary timer has lapsed and I won’t vote Liberal now, simply over a local matter. Stephan Dion’s “Democrat Light” approach to the Tories notwithstanding.
It falls to Jack Layton and Elizabeth May now to form an effective opposition to the Tories. I’ll be watching.