Election Alternatives

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Fortunately Canada is not a two party system and there are alternatives in this election.

Jack Layton and the NDP is one example. Layton has shown that he was willing to work with the minority government in parliament to get results. To make sure that Paul Martin was addressing the needs of working families in Canada. Now the issue is why vote for the NDP when Layton himself has become far too reliant on the Liberals to get things done.

In Quebec there is another option, and that is Gilles Duceppe and the Bloc Quebecois. Duceppe is the longest serving federal party leader in Canada, so he knows how to campaign and win votes. The Bloc must try and gain more seats in the House of Commons by persuading people not to vote Liberal. Then Duceppe can push for a referendum and seek sovereignty for all of Quebec.

The Greens are also a valid choice in this election. Jim Harris and the Green Party represent something that most Canadians feel is a major issue in their country, and that is the environment. Harris plans to cut emissions and improve air quality while surpassing the Kyoto objectives. Even though Harris has been left out of the televised leader debates, his Green Party is gaining momentum throughout the country.

Adam Bemma is a journalist, humanitarian, and media consultant based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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