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Justin Dickie
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Federal candidates keep on message as sun rises on voting day in Canada

Canadians are encouraged to get out today, if they haven't already done so, to cast their vote for the federal election. Candidates running in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley are Conservative Joel Bernard, Independent Bill Casey, NDP Karen Olsson, Liberal Tracy Parsons and Independent Rick Simpson. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
If you can mark an X there's five people in Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley today waiting to hear from you.
As the final hours approached before today's 8:30 a.m. opening of the polls, Conservative candidate Joel Bernard continued with his message about the benefits of having a representative in Ottawa from within the party system.

Canadians are encouraged to get out today, if they haven't already done so, to cast their vote for the federal election. Candidates running in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley are Conservative Joel Bernard, Independent Bill Casey, NDP Karen Olsson, Liberal Tracy Parsons and Independent Rick Simpson. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
If you can mark an X there's five people in Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley today waiting to hear from you.
As the final hours approached before today's 8:30 a.m. opening of the polls, Conservative candidate Joel Bernard continued with his message about the benefits of having a representative in Ottawa from within the party system.
"As an independent, Mr. (Bill) Casey cannot even sit on committee," Bernard said of his rival and incumbent Bill Casey. "That's where most of the work is done. He's not allowed to vote on committee, he's not allowed to ask questions. The only time he's allowed to ask questions in committee is if an opposition party member allows him to sit in his place. Other than that, he can only sit and watch.
Casey, however, feels he's been getting more done since he became an independent a year and a half ago than he did as a member of the Conservative party. He said there are certainly advantages to being part of a party, but thinks he can be every bit as effective on his own.
"There's a misconception in the House that I don't have as many tools to work with, but I do," Casey said. "In fact, Independents are the only Members of Parliament that are guaranteed questions in the question period. I have exactly the same staff as if I belong to a party. I have exactly the same budget. I have exactly the same research through the library at Parliament and so on. I'm completely unrestricted in the issues I raise as an independent. I don't have to answer to a party. I don't have to adopt their position or adopt their issue their dealing with at any one time. I can bring forth local issues."
Liberal Tracy Parsons said the major issues she tried to focus on through the campaign were senior care, post-secondary education, agriculture and the environment, but felt the national campaign surrounding current economic instability kind overwhelmed things at the end. She noted she was particularly surprised by the public reception of the Liberal's Green Shift platform. She personally felt negative Conservative attack ads would put the kibosh on the conservation initiative, but she said it was generally liked by the public.
"I think people know we have to do something, and finally a federal leader put his platform on the line to take positive action on the environment," Parsons said. "People were really excited that we were finally debating an issue that's important and has really been overlooked for so long."
Independent candidate Rick Simpson spent his campaign passing out DVDs of his documentary film "Run From The Cure."
He explained in his film how government has been covering up a cure for cancer - hemp oil. Simpson also believes hemp can solve many of the country's current economic woes in that it could make Canadians completely self-sustainable.

Organizations: Daily News

Geographic location: Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Canada, Amherst Ottawa

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  • E
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Please vote. If you don't vote, don't complain about the results.

  • Julie
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    You know that Rick Simpson will get the Maccan vote.

  • mark
    January 18, 2010 - 10:52

    noticed front page has all the other signs IN PIC
    only 30 feet from Rick Rimpson
    www.phoenixtears.ca
    curing cancer since 2003
    VOTE RICK SIMPSON
    SIGN

    the media sure dint cover rick,BUT
    RUN FROM THE CURE
    THE RICK SIMPSON STORY
    HAS OVER 360,000 DOWNLOADS-ON YOU TUBE
    AND RICK SIMPSON FACE BOOK GROUPS ARE GROWING
    IGNORANCE IS NO LAWFUL EXCUSE
    GOOGLE RICK SIMPSON
    GOOGLE THC CANCER
    NO ONE IS REBUTTING THC HEMP OIL
    DOESNT CURE CANCER
    AND IF IT DOES WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT
    IM VOTING FOR THE CURE
    IM VOTING RICK SIMPSON

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    No matter your political preference just get out and vote!

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    His video has over 360k downloads on YouTube? Well... I think there is one about a dancing squirrel that has over a million.... so I guess that makes it legit?

    Doubtful. Political pitches aside... get out and vote. It is your democratic right. Don't waste it. Apathy only breeds stagnation in government.

  • debra-dawn
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    I voted today and it took no time at all, no line up, no problems...

    And I felt good being apart of what women in the past fought so hard to get the right to do...

    Since we are on the topic of elections... I recently watched the movie Recount and it was amazing. The cast was tremendous and I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see the truth behind the 2000 election in the states...

    very interesting stuff... how the ballots are counted and the laws governing them....

  • Barbara
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    I was at the polls a few minutes after they opened, and there was already a lineup inside.

    Here's to hoping that whoever wins, gets a majority so that the country can actually be run... instead of being stalled by bickering, whining and childish behaviour from people who should act mature.

  • russ
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    as i entered the polling station to cast my vote in the just completed federal election i noticed sitting on the table a folder with the name of one of the candidates in bold letters sitting in plain sight. i found this to be a tad inappropriate if not downright illegal. i would humbly suggest in the future all polling stations remain completely neutral and not allow this (not so subtle) electioneering to happen.

  • crazzie
    January 18, 2010 - 10:35

    bye -bye joel benerd

  • Jay
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    To mark allen,SURPRISE,SURPRISE.