I liked Ignatieff and Duceppe talk about crime prevention in calm, measured ways. They spoke like rational people on the topic, with respect to compassion, real results over ideology, and what would be affordable and reasonable. They spoke to how lengthier mandatory sentences don't reduce crime, nor prevent it, how prison makes criminals worse. Layton also weighed in about prevention being a more important focus. Crime is down in Canada. This is not the time to crack down harder and faster, but to improve victim services and reaching youth and giving them viable options for bettering themselves.
I liked the Liberal's plan for helping students and people caring for ill family. With all the elderly in the emergency rooms these days due to lack of beds in nursing homes, at-home care from family with job protection for them would be beneficial.
I liked NDP's stance of helping immigrants in Canada with programs and assistance to bring their families. I approved of Ignatieff's stance on gun control. I was happy Layton brought up violence against women as a serious issue. I enjoyed watching Duceppe call out Harper right off the bat for his failure to talk to the public.
I'll post my Twitter comments below. I got pretty zealous.
Settling in to watch the election debate.
Ignatieff doing well, right off the bat. Harper is smug.
Layton isn't going to be PM, though I do enjoy him taking everyone to task.
Harper has soulless eyes, no passion and reminds me of a robot #db8
Dude, we NEEDED an election, we didn't want it, but it's necessary. Why? Because you suck. #db8
I think if Layton were a Liberal instead of NDP, he'd have a majority and the NDP would crumble. He's awesome to watch in these things. #db8
Harper, you can't continue to do what you haven't even started re: accountability #db8
Being able to trust my government matters to me, thank you very much. Democracy is of great importance #db8
Harper is doing his best Mr. Roger's impression. Fails to impress #db8
If Harper cared about rehabilitation, he wouldn't have dismantled the jail farms #db8
Harper keeps saying, "That's simply not true." Asserting that something is untrue doesn't mean you're not lying. #db8
I love Duceppe. If he weren't for separation, I'd move to Quebec and vote for him.
There's only so much money. You DO have to choose, Harper. You chose prisons, jets and a G8 party. We want healthcare. We want services #db8