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It took just 15 minutes over the weekend for Stephen Harper to decide his government had no common ground with Stephan Dion's Liberals.
Having met with the leaders of the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democratic Party earlier in the week, Harper announced Gilles Duceppe and Jack Layton, too, had no confidence in the Conservative government, fast tracking what many feel is the inevitable -- a fall election -- and sources close to the Prime Minister are now saying the election call could come as soon as the end of this week.
Unlike most elections, however, there seems to be few issues of national importance on the table for voters to consider when the campaign begins. Instead, this seems to be an election based on the fact Harper feels no one is willing to play ball with the minority government for one more year.
Is this really a shock given the partisan politics of the Canadian government?
The Liberals' Green Shift strategy, no doubt, will receive a beating from the Conservatives and in due course the Liberals will champion their environmental strategy but we have heard very little else from Dion's camp except that Harper cannot be trusted.
On the other side of the coin, the Conservatives have been railing Dion for being indecisive.
Rather than allowing political rhetoric blindside the Canadian public, voters should take candidates to task when the election is called.
The issuse of helping low to middle income families cope with rising fuel and energy costs in the face of unchanged wages; social assistance strategies to support area food banks that have shouldered the burden of supplying the less-fortunate; and tax relief to stem the flow of small businesses folding as the cost of operations become too much of a burden to maintain employees, are matters affecting many rural Canadians and much more important than which leader is trustworthy and which is indecisive.
It's time Canadians start to hear about how the government is going to improve our quality of life instead of the social faults of its government. Otherwise the voters, too, won't play ball.

Organizations: Bloc Quebecois, New Democratic Party, Conservatives

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