Hey, did you know that there’s a Canadian federal election on Tuesday? I might have forgotten to mention it here on NTBTWK. For those of you who love my special brand of political coverage, I hope you enjoy today’s posting . For those of you who don’t care about Canadian politics or Canada or, like, democracy and such, I shall return to other hard hitting issues, like how hot Rick DiPetro, goalie for the NY Islanders is, after Tuesday. Mostly.
A while ago, Rebecca posted a summary of the candidates in her riding of Vancouver Centre. And I thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea! I’m totally doing for that my riding too!” Then I got sick/busy/[insert excuse here]. Anyway. I’m doing it now. So there.
The candidates, in alphabetical order by last name, are:
Barens, Norris – Libertarian Party
- doesn’t have a website
- there’s a link on the Libertarian Party‘s website to an email address for Barens, but no info about the candidate
- I have yet to see a single lawn sign for Barens
- I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Barens is not a contender
Caplan, David – New Democratic Party
- shares his name with an Ontario provincial Liberal cabinet minister, making him a pain in the ass to Google
- has been in the Armed Forces, a lawyer, a financial analyst, a freelance writer, a homemaker
- has degrees in science, law, business administration and Chartered Financial Analyst
- now wants to be a politician – I’m not sure if he’s really diverse, or doesn’t know what he wants to do1
- there is little info available on Caplan, but in fairness he only took over after civil-liberties lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who had been the NDP candidate in this riding, stepped down on September 19 because he video smoking marijuana
- his website, such as it is
Grice, Dan – Green Party
- is a “new media and technology consultant” and appears to have a company that I have never heard of. I mean, I like to think I know a fair number of the tech peeps in Vancouver, but I’ve never heard of “VanAlive Communications” – has anyone else?
- He did his B.A. in Classical Archaeology and the History of Rome, Greece, and the Near East at UBC
- He answers the question “Why are you running?” with “I want to help modernize our political structure and help move Canada to a low carbon economy. I come from a generation that values ingenuity and I feel that we need politicians to be more responsive and more concerned with fixing the problems of today rather than worried about their public perception.”
- his website
Meredith, Deborah – Conservative* Party
- teaches at the evil UBC Sauder School of Business
- likes to stick “tackling crime” stickers on her evil lawn signs
Murray, Joyce – Liberal Party
- has been the MP for Vancouver Quadra since the by-election earlier this year
- formerly an MLA with the (admittedly, evil) BC Liberals before she was defeated in the 2005 election
- introduced a private members bill proposing to exempt bikes, bike accessories & repairs from the GST
- did her MBA at Simon Fraser University
- her website
As there was a by-election earlier this year where Murray beat Meredith by a mere 151 votes, many people suggest that this will be a tight race (and VoteforEnvironment suggests strategically voting for Murrary to keep out the Conservative*). The Election Prediction Project, which has a pretty good track record for predicting election winners, says that this riding is going to the Liberal. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are right!
1I’ve been accused of this myself. At my interview, my eventual Masters supervisor, upon hearing I was doing a minor in Drama with my major in Honours Biochemistry called me “conflicted.” I told him I prefer to think of myself as well-rounded.