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Evan Saugstad: So many promises, so little time

As each day goes by and voting day draws nearer, the promises keep coming


Who said which? Does it really matter? Who cares anyway?

So much being said, so many promises, so much to think about… but wait a minute.

Is there much to choose from? Does Canada really have a choice?

Is it just my imagination, or is Canada rising up in an “anyone but Justin” campaign?

Easy to think this as true, if I rely on my social media to tell me the truth, but unfortunately, given what one reads is heavily influenced by algorithms, the more I read, the more I get of the same.

Even harder to understand just who those living in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver will vote for when they get to their ballot box.

Living in conservatively-minded Fort St. John does give one a sense of hope that Canada is about to reject our sunny-ways past and shift our thinking to one that favours a more thoughtful and prudent government that Canada and us plain and ordinary Canadians so desperately need.

Although I am hopeful that most Canadians do not favour Justin’s “lets just spend our way to prosperity” ideals that have become his answer to everything during this pandemic, I don’t count it out. Still the first choice for so many. Most know and understand it must end, that eventually there will be a payback, but when so many are getting money for nothing, it is a tough sell to get them to let go of that teat and face the reality of the nothing comes for free world we live in.

Equally as hard to figure out just what our major political parties promises will cost us taxpayers, as the unfortunate part of our current money-for-nothing pandemic climate, is that they are all promising to keep spending in order to keep our interest, stay relevant, and buy our vote.

As each day goes by and voting day draws nearer, the promises keep coming. Another billion here, another billion there, with not a lot of talk about how this is paid. Justin doesn’t seem care what the cost, where the money comes for, as he will just print more. Jagmeet, don’t think anyone has even come close to contemplating what his promises would cost.

The one exception is that Erin seems to be sticking to his Conservative platform that there will be balanced budgets in our future, while the others seem to keep saying, “What, balanced budgets, haven’t needed them for the past couple years, so who needs them now?”

Recent polling and media reports indicate that the next generations are beginning to wake up and face the truth, that they will inherit this deficit mess and that their future just might be one of a few decades of cloudy days and troubled ways, if we don’t begin facing this reality now.

“Let’s build another one million affordable new homes,” says one. “How about I up you another 400,000 new homes?” says another. 

Not much talk about promoting our rural economy and jobs so those millions of homeless voters can move out to where homes and living are still affordable. Or, do I really wish to see more of our big city cousins moving to a neighbourhood near me?

Climate change, what is ahead? No more carbon, no more new gas guzzling vehicles?

Do we really face an economy grinding to a halt while we reduce our carbon outputs to zero, or is there some sort of balance that takes into account just who we are, what the rest of the world is doing and why us cold and hillbilly Canadians lead the world in energy consumption?

All three main parties propose carbon taxes and like it or not, that is our future. Just how much and how they are implemented is the great debate.

Do we keep taxing those who must use energy to stay in business until they reach the point where they can no longer afford to stay in business, or do we face Canada’s reality that to stay competitive and supply our riches to the rest of the world, requires competitively-priced energy?

Conservatives seem to understand that our role in this world is one of supplying resources to the world, not so sure about Justin and Jagmeet. Interestingly, the polls seem to indicate most Canadians are concerned about climate change, but the same poll says few are in favour of paying more to address it.  Anyone else see this dichotomy?

As a hunter and gun owner I follow the gun debate with interest.

Justin still wants to take more guns away from ordinary citizens, despite the evidence that it is doing nothing to combat crime. Evidence shows that during his reign, gun crimes have gone up, murders have gone up, and fewer people are charged and convicted of gun offences.

A bit confusing to what Erin is trying to say about what he will do with guns, but good to hear he will focus legislation on reducing crime, criminals and their criminal ways.

Anyone heard anything about defunding the police in this election?

Strangely silent, other than Erin saying he will hire more police, and put more criminals in jail for longer periods of time. Given Justin’s record on this one, shouldn’t be hard for Erin to find a few and lock them up to keep this promise.

Still nothing from our leaders on Vancouver’s greatest and most pressing problem, those 35 coyotes in Stanley Park, Still waiting for a photo op from any of them that use trees, joggers, and coyotes frolicking on the lawn, while they explain their solution to this Vancouver crisis.

Guess Bryan Adam summed it up for them with his campaign about just giving the park to the dogs.

And then there is the leader’s debate. Will anything change? Were you watching?

Not me. I took my gun, while I still got one, and went hunting. Time to get meat for the table before all those city people show up looking for their share.

Evan Saugstad lives and write in Fort St. John.