Slow season in football, and I really think its good to talk politics, opens people up slightly to what other people think on an issue.
I watched all of the debate (minus the first 10 minutes) and I have to say that I wish I didn't have to vote for anyone.
I'll start with Duceppe. You gotta admit he doesn't backdown. He sticks to his party line and runs with it. I really don't understand how they can side with the cons on anything with the way he talks. From what I understood their policies are definetly far from right wing. I liked what he said with the crime issue. He went straight to the right thing and that is Poverty. Go for the cause of Crime, minimum sentances statisticly do not deter crime. Not that I am opposed to them I just think its being used as a campign issue.
I'll give him a B ---- he would have got higher from me if he wasn't a seperatist.
I wanted to slap that damn grin off his face. Why was he grinning the whole time?? It looked like this was all a joke to him. Didn't help that what came out of his mouth wasn't really concise about anything. He really backtracked about their tax plan. He would not admit that they are reversing the tax cut on the lowest tax payers but instead made some joke about the lowest bracket doesn't pay taxes. I thought all three of the other leaders really brouught it to him, and he couldn't say anything back. I'm biased though so others might have liked his sly grin. Everything he said just sounded like he would do very very little for me, a middle class student, and everything for the upper class businessmen.
He did say one good thing, but I forget what it was about.
I think he held his own out their. He was obviously getting attacked on all sides, yet managed to get some fairly good points across. I think he was the best debato, just had bad material to work with. I liked his stuff on tuition, I hope he is actually recognizing that students that are debt free help out the economy so much faster then students that aren't.
I have mixed feelings on how Layton did. While I think he said some very good things, and his policies seemed a lot better then the othes, he seemed to avoid some questions. I like how he tried to really get the point across that they are a viable option, that they can have an affect on policies. He defenitly stuck to his guns and showed how the libs and cons aren't so different.
Overall I am glad I watched it, and I hope it helped out some people to decide who they will vote for regardless of who that is (although I hope its not Harper)
I never got to watch any of the analysis after as I had hockey, but I am sure there will be some replay action on newsworld