It seems that the Harper government is now expecting to be called the “Harper Government” officially. They seem to want to try to alter the general hegemony in this country in order to keep control. Still, when I hear the term “Harper Government” it’s usually in a negative sense, and the few times I hear anything positive about the government, the particular political party in power usually doesn’t have their name mentioned.
In fact I used to wholeheartedly support the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. The very first time I voted in a federal election, it was for Kim Campbell, because I wholeheartedly didn’t think things would degrade further if they were re-elected into power, and that if the Liberals got in, the country would go to pot. I was 18, idealistic, and incredibly naive back then.
Since then, I’ve bounced politically from right to left, back to right, and back to left, usually trying to navigate my way down the middle of the road but generally keeping an uneven keel. I later voted for the Tories, NDP and Green parties, and I have been berated several times for not voting Liberal. During the reigns of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, there were some die-hard Liberals who almost attacked me physically for being anti-Liberal. I admit that I have never voted Liberal in a federal election in my life, and I’m pretty certain that I never will.
When The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada merged with the Reform Party of Canada, I was feeling very skeptical of the way that things would turn out. I believed that the Reform Party of Canada was very dangerous and just as unstable as the Bloc Quebecois. Who, as a proud Anglophone living in the province of Quebec, I felt I must never vote for. That was akin, in my mind, to a Jewish person like me voting for the Nazi party immediately after the Holocaust. Of course I’ve always exaggerated things.
I supported Stephen Harper when the two parties merged, as I liked him better than Preston Manning. I supported the federal Conservative party until the Harper government began blundering, and bending over backwards for the Bush administration and their corrupt corporate backers, whose interests are not always in line with those of the general Canadian population.
I still prefer the Conservatives to the Liberals, but more and more I’ve been leaning towards the NDP. I admit that I’ve never liked Jack Layton, but still, I do agree with many of his party’s policies. Since voting in Canada is for your local representative, and not for the party leader, I will probably vote NDP in the next Federal election.