Submitted by Shawn Corrigan
I readily confess to being a political dilettante although hardly a political junkie. With that said as a preamble, I would maintain that I am both perceptive and indicative of those among my generation who have grown disaffected with our political leaders and our political parties in general. The last couple of Federal elections and the current Provincial election have only reinforced this notion. Nasty, brutal and, at times, grossly misleading attack ads fuel the various party apparatus. Rhetoric has reduced grand ideas and visions to a spate of negative options. Indeed, all three main stream parties stand guilty as charged. In short, we, the sovereign people, are often left choosing the lesser evil or simply voting out of fear. Yet we deserve better! How many parents would let their children resort to name calling, blaming others and bullying tactics? Very few I think we would agree. However, we tolerate this behavior in our politicians. It would be refreshing, even novel, if we could dispense with all the negativity – be role models for our children even. Any party that would sponsor an electoral reform bill that would ban all forms of negative advertising would have my vote. I may be naive but I heartily contend that a series of positive platforms would re-engage an electorate. Then again, perhaps the mainstream parties are content with roughly a third of the electorate not exercising their political voice.