Vandalised Bloc Posters

Bleedy Bloc Poster
Bleedy Bloc Poster

I spoke too soon. Some Bloc campaign posters have been vandalised. Just not the ones of Duceppe on my street.

I like the drippy orange blood effect.

Very graphic.

I wonder if the orange spray-paint is meant to indicate that the person defacing the poster was a supporter of the NDP?

After all, the NDP is supposed to be really popular in Québec these days.

Blue eyes
Blue eyes

I went out for dinner of Friday night, and saw this campaign poster in front of the restaurant. This is the first time that I ever saw a Duceppe poster vandalised. The vandalism says, “blue eyes … i’d run away with you” in English.

Campaign signs in my neighbourhood

Campaign Signs
Campaign Signs

The campaign signs in my neighbourhood have not been faring well lately.

It looks like both the Conservative and the Liberal signs were very thoroughly destroyed recently.

Not surprisingly, across the street, the signs for the Bloc have not been touched. I would be scared of Duceppe too.

Duceppe Signs
Duceppe Signs

If you look close in the photograph of the sign for the Bloc, you can see another Duceppe sign maybe 20 metres down the street. There’s lots of them and they haven’t been torn apart.

Doctor shortage in Canada

It is widely known that there is a shortage of physicians in Canada. The doctor shortage is not an accident, however and it was not unforeseen. It was engineered, planned in order to cut costs for the medical system—if there are fewer doctors, there are fewer people to order expensive medical operations, after all.

That’s why there are so few spots in medical schools, and why I currently don’t have a doctor, and when I talk to anyone in the medical system about trying to get one, the most helpful thing I’ve been told is “good luck,” and “in the meantime, go to the McGill walk-in clinic and hope there isn’t much of a line-up.”

Now that there’s an election going on, I would seriously like to know what each of the political parties has to say about opening new spots in medical schools, and doing something about the doctor shortage. Has any of them made this a significant part of their platform? I’ve only been reading what the CBC puts in their RSS feed on the election stuff.

Vote Compass result

Vote Compass Result
Vote Compass Result

I have a policy of never telling anyone who I vote for. That said, here is the result I got on the Vote Compass. It’s a fun and enlightening tool—one that would be a helpful starting-place for people who don’t follow Canadian politics very closely, but who still want to be responsible citizens and cast an informed ballot.

You tell it what you think about a few political issues, and then it tells you where you are on the economic and social political spectra, and which parties are closest to you. You can even indicate which issues are important to you, and then it adjusts the picture to compensate!

I’m surprised that I’m not further to the economic left, to be honest.

I’m looking forward to Democracy Day, which I’m told has been scheduled for May 2. My favourite part of elections are the personal, petty attacks on party leaders’ character. Why, I remember the provincial election back in 2003 when I was a student at UWO. There was a press release from the PC party of Ontario, calling Dalton McGuinty an “evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet.” I hope that something like that happens again. Politics can be so much fun when people who should know better do things like that.

Edit: I just noticed that Google has decided that the ad next to this post should be the one for the Vote Compass. Awesome. :)