Federal Election 2011 Name: _Ashleigh Duffy______ 1. What is the date of the federal election? ____May 2nd____ a. Who do you believe will be our next PM?_ Stephen Harper b. Why? Because the opposition screwed up their chances by calling this election so soon after the last one. 2. What riding do you live in? ____Wetaskiwin______ 3. List the people who are running for Member of Parliament in your riding, along with their party affiliation and the party leader. Candidate Party Party Leader Conservative Stephen HarperBlaine Calkins New Democratic Jack LaytonTim Robson Party Liberal Micheal IgnatieffChris Anderson Green Elizabeth MayRobert Johnson 3. Based on what you have learned the last 2 classes, where do you think you fall on the political and economic spectrum (right or left?) Why do you think this – what ideas make the most sense? I think I may be leaning towards the conservatives. My reasons are: • I believe in independence, accepting the consequences of your own actions • I believe in letting someone decide their own destiny, rewarding the hard-workers. • It sounds selfish, but I don’t like the idea of my tax money paying for slackers. Yes, support each other, but don’t let people take advantage of one another.
4. Complete the Vote Compass survey on the CBC website to find out its recommendation for which party platform you most support (according to their question set).Paste 2 screenshots below of your position on the economic and politicalspectrum. a. Your overall left vs. right position. b. Choose 3 issues to set as “important” and recalculate your position.
5. Go to the Globe and Mail’s website and read through Party Platforms highlights on 10 key issues for Canadians. a. If you were able to vote in this election which party would you vote for and why? You must, make reference to 3 key issues written about in the Globe and the component of your party’s platform you most agree with. Explanations of why these ideas appeal and make sense to you must be included. There are three specific things I like especially that the Conservatives have under their platform. o They will double the amount Canadians can save in their tax free saving accounts, People would be more willing to put more money into the bank, and in some cases this will discourage some big spending. I don’t know much about banking, but it seems to me that this could stabilize the economy a little more. o Double children’s fitness tax credit to making $1000 available for registration fees for kid’s sports, This will encourage families to encourage kids into sports, increasing social interaction between kids and decreasing child obesity and, in the long run, adult obesity as well. o Administer drug tests to federal prisoners every year and not allow parole to inmates who fail these tests This may keep dangerous convicts off the streets and make drug trafficking more difficult.