To the dismay of Coronation Street fans across the country over the weekend, their beloved program was interrupted this past Sunday morning on CBC, by news of the start of another long-running soap opera - the upcoming federal election.
This election has already made history, running for more than 11 weeks, the longest stretch in Canadian history. Even longer than a century ago, when politicians had to travel by train coast-to-coast.
Between now and election night on Oct. 19, there will be highs and lows for every party, and there will be daily polls as we try and figure out just who has the edge in the race.
It has already happened to some extent with a great deal of ink already spilled over discussions of the massive war chest that’s been accumulated by Conservative donations, and the role it might have, as well as hand wringing over voter fatigue in the long run-up before we head to the polls.
This will be a challenging election for Canadians as we map out of future direction. Our economy has slowed in recent months, dragged down by sagging oil prices and the continued struggles of our manufacturing base to maintain the dwindling number quality jobs in that sector.
Cities and towns across the country are facing infrastructure crunches as they struggle to keep up with repairs to roads and public transit upgrades that have been put off for far too long, and now can’t be ignored.
Families face uphill battles with rising education costs, from post-secondary right through to daycare.
Every party is going to say that they have the best plan for our country and will spend a lot of time talking about budgets, spending and programs. It’s up to all of us to make the most of these next 11 weeks and pick the right path for our country to allow all of us to prosper going forward.
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