Here we go Canada. The Writ must be dropped by September 17th for General Election 43. Can you tell? In a word... nope. The same lacklustre campaigns on social media and television have maintained the same predictable messaging since Parliament rose in June. The Party primary slogans have been rolled out and the only thing they share is the simplicity and vagueness of them all. Trying to keep it simple appears to be the name of the game. Will any of them work is the question that will be answered on October 21st.
Has the famous line from Prime Minster Kim Campbell been proven accurate? It does seem the gameplan of not talking about serious issues in a campaign has more fans than ever before inside political circles. By regular circumstance, the party looking to return as government has an interest in calm, steady sailing to the vote. More needs to be done. Stay the course. Don't change now. OR ELSE... THEM. The party looking to reclaim government, following recent patterns from their Provincial counterparts, says even less about plans and gets ripped apart when they do. So, it's all about THEM. Something not working? THEM. Do your feels hurt? THEM. Life sucks? THEM. Never mind what we will do, that's later.
Clark. Wall. Pallister. Legault. Ford. Higgs. Kenney. They all used the same plan. WE are not THEM. That's it. This is a political phenomenon of the 21st century coinciding with the rise of Ordered Populism in democracies across the world. Canadians have witnessed the speed of disruptive change in these nations, not for the better. So what do they have in common?
The International Democratic Union is a global right-wing governance coalition that shares methods, technology, tactics and ideology to get their members elected and in power. Despite the name, today's neofascists around the world fill it. What does IDU Chairman Stephen Harper have in store for Canadians? Count on the real plan not being mentioned.