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Ontario Election: Vote = Process of Elimination

20-Sep-07 10:09 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Tonight there was a televised debate between all 3 major parties competing for votes in the province’s October election.  I’ve been at odds over where to cast my vote, which is more the norm as I age.  And I’m finding myself ready to cast my vote for a party I’d have thought I’d never see myself voting for: the NDP.

Canada’s socialist party tends to be very left of centre, politically, environmentally conscious, and favouring government intervention in the economy along with a smattering of social engineering across the mandate.  This isn’t really my politics – but there’s a problem.  The Conservative (right of centre) party is favoring extending full funding to culture-based private schools, which I think is extremely divisive.  I myself went to a "culture-based" private school while growing up, but it got all of its funding from fund-raising and donations.  It was not funded with public money.  So, I don’t really understand why it should be funded publicly here.  Especially when there are numerous programs screaming for money already – and I just don’t see how this can do any good, or how it can avoid causing the provincial treasury to hemorrhage even more money.

My traditional vote goes to the centre (or maybe slightly right-of-centre) Liberal party.  But the leader is an outspoken liar and needs to be removed from office at all cost.  I’m left with either the NDP or the Green Party.  And this latter choice was still on the radar, until I caught this quote from the leader on the page linked at the top of this entry:

"The planet is more important than humans…Until we figure that out, we’re nowhere."

What the hell?  Okay you granola-crunching idiot!  And if there are no humans left to appreciate the planet or value its importance as being one way or the other, where does that leave us?  Between nowhere and nothing?  Moron.

I’m not voting for some tree-hugger who’s either willing to put the welfare of Earth’s environment over that of humanity, or an environmental talking-head who isn’t listening to his own speech.  And so why should I?  Earth is just a planet.  There are lots and lots of planets in the universe, and likely lots of them have life just like this one.  Plus sentient life, and its welfare, is going to always register as something a lot higher on most scales of morality than the welfare of rocks and trees because humans can experience pleasure and pain, an infer pleasure and pain through abstract realizations of the world around them.  (While I don’t believe this means we can dump toxic waste willy-nilly into any nearby dolphin-filled bodies of water, it’s simply nonsense to suggest that the environment takes a priority regardless of attention to the welfare of people.)

One could argue, rationally, that the welfare of environment and humanity go hand-in-hand almost always so why not vote the crackpot in anyway – he may govern competently despite having made a dogmatic, ill-thought remark.  I admit, it might come to that – so starved of choice as I am this election.

But not yet.

I’ll wait and see if there are any more serious gaffes during the campaign.  It may be I have to vote strategically if Tory’s neocon craziness turns out to be worse than McGuinty’s lying.  Tory came precariously close last week to advocating creationism, which is about as crazy as worshipping clay idols and championing the legal rights of earthworms (perhaps a less well-known article in the Green Party platform).  Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that.

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