Election 2015: Your Choices
Once in a while at Poletical, we like to kick back and not take everything so seriously. With the Canadian Federal election creeping up on us, we've decided to put together some fun, fake election posters. Keeping in mind that there is usually some truth behind every joke, feel free to download and share these posters on Facebook, Twitter and the internet.
Thomas Mulcair - New Democratic Party
The NDP's roots stretch deep into Marxist soil. At their last convention, delegates voted to delete the word socialism from most of their future literature and platforms. Eliminating the word didn't eliminate the ideology that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels laid out in the mid 1800s – the ideology that Tommy Douglas and Jack Layton subscribed to. Deleting a word from their lexicon was an attempt to distance New Democrats from socialist language, not socialist ideals. Most socialists today opt to call themselves something that is less offensive to European refugees. They opt to call themselves social democrats. In spirit, social democracy is still socialism.
With his war on capitalism and big oil, Thomas Mulcair's angry antics live up to everything the NDP has been trying to achieve since their days as the CCF. You can read more about the NDP's roots here.
To find out more about Thomas Mulcair's unusual and perplexing hypocrisy, read this.
Elizabeth May - Green Party
In Europe, where socialism, fascism and communism were born, the Green Party has won several seats. Although the Greens have had a mixture of leftist, centrist and some right-wing elements, they've generally stayed on the left side of the political spectrum, advocating for carbon taxes, wealth redistribution and extreme environmental policies.
Elizabeth May has said some pretty whacky things during her tenure as the party's leader. "We are on a slippery slope to the loss of our democracy", May told reporters in December. She also called Canada a "dictatorship punctuated by elections." Really? The absurdity of her comments make them sound borderline comedic. Canada's democratic traditions haven't changed in over 100 years and the Prime Minister's Office doesn't have any more powers or privileges today than it did under Pierre Trudeau or Jean Chretien.
In 2011, Elizabeth May beat Conservative candidate, Gary Lunn, in BC's Saanich-Gulf Islands riding by approximately 7,000 votes.
Justin Trudeau - Liberal Party
Justin Trudeau has done a fantastic job convincing Canadians that he's an average idiot with zero understanding of history. He's also proven that he can't control his emotions or say anything intelligent without having it written down and rehearsed beforehand.
Trudeau sells himself as non-partisan and positive, which he claims is a sharp contrast to Stephen Harper's mean-spirited political style. However, most of Trudeau's political style relies on ridiculing Stephen Harper and conservatives. Because he does it with a smirk on his face, it's supposed to be perceived as positive.
Justin Trudeau made headlines when he expressed admiration for China's dictatorship during a "ladies night" event in November. In March, Trudeau dropped a passionate F-bomb during a charity event. Before he became leader of the Liberal Party, he called Peter Kent a "piece of shit" in the House Of Commons. Clearly, Trudeau's lack of emotional control and ability to articulate an unscripted sentence haven't changed since he won the leadership race.
Stephen Harper - Conservative Party
Although he has been chewed up by the Senate Scandal, Stephen Harper shines like a beacon of light among the four candidates for Prime Minister. On the world stage, he handles himself with a kind of grace and control that Mulcair, Trudeau, or May have never exhibited. On the issue of Ukraine's independence and freedom, Stephen Harper has shown stronger leadership than Barack Obama.
On any stage, Stephen Harper is a safe bet. He won't lash out or crack inappropriate jokes. He won't attack certain private industries and alienate possible trade partners. He won't say ludicrous things that would make himself and Canada look ridiculous. The proof that Harper is a safe bet has been presenting itself since 2006.
The Robocall Scandal was recently put to rest by Elections Canada and Senate reform has been put on the back-burner by the Supreme Court. This makes the Senate Scandal the only mistake under Stephen Harper's belt.
Despite what some media and opponents would have us believe, the Senate Scandal provides no evidence of serious or deliberate wrong-doing on Stephen Harper's part. The only smear the Senate Scandal puts on Harper's reputation is one of bad judgement – something anyone in a leadership position for more than five years acquires at some point. Obviously, this won't change the minds of his opponents. They'll continue to grasp at anything they can to ensure Harper's demise in 2015.
Unfortunately, many of Harper's opponents hold jobs in some mainstream media organizations – which is exactly why Poletical and blogs like it exist. The counterpunch is an essential part of a democratic culture and it's not something the CBC, Bell Media, Postmedia, or Shaw will ever throw.