Voters and candidates have tough questions to ask and answer

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Now that the federal election date has been officially announced for October 19, campaigning has begun in full force. Well, it actually began months ago as a result of a fixed-date election system, but now the
parties have definitely kicked it up a notch!
The media – television, radio, news papers, social media, etc – has been bombarded with political propaganda as we enter the longest and most expensive political campaign in Canadian history. Sadly, many of the ads issued by the parties say little about what they intend to do to better the lives of Canadians and the country’s economy and focus instead on discounting, bashing, and insulting other parties or their leaders.
This seems to be a popular tactic that has been used in the most recent election, both federal and provincial, but is it really
effective? Is that what voters really want to hear? I would clearly state that it isn’t.
In addition to these attacks, voters, and especially those in the Pontiac, are tired of hearing the same old promises and answers to standard questions; voters have a very important role to play in the upcoming
election period. We all need to be asking important questions and demanding
explanations.
Yes, we all know it’s essential to create jobs in the Pontiac and to attract outside investors to the area, which each party is promising to do, but exactly how do they intend to do this? Making a statement is easy, but elaborating about how to make that plan into a reality is more difficult and should be something each candidate should have to explain. Dear readers, we need to be demanding answers with substance!
What do the candidates intend to do to address poor internet and cell phone service in the region? How do they plan to keep youth in the area? Do they have a vision for helping the forestry industry? Etc. Etc. Candidates, we want to hear something new and different and realistic!
It is also important to reflect on how our current elected official has performed
during his mandate. What has he done? What hasn’t he done or what could he have done better? What does he intend on doing differently should he be re-elected?
We have less than two months left until the election; let’s use them wisely –
candidates and voters alike.

Allyson Beauregard, Editor