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Friday, March 09, 2007

Coming out of the closet ...

While many public people (wisely) choose to keep their politics private, I am officially "coming out of the closet."

A little nervous, tho, like the girl in the polka-dot bikini. So bear with me.

Ok [deep breath]. Here goes.

I admit it. I am a ...

swing voter.

Yes, 'tis true. Hard to believe, no doubt, but there you have it.

I have voted Liberal. I have voted Conservative. I have even voted NDP (albeit when I was *very* young). I also have cast protest votes. The only thing I refuse to do is not vote or spoil a ballot, although I must say lately those options have been very tempting.

My problem is that I am very naive. I repeatedly make the mistake of believing persuasive politicians, particularly those who make promises they don't, can't, or never intended to keep once in power. And of course you can never tell in advance which it will be. So all that makes me *very* testy these days. Because so far, whatever the political stripe, they all seem like clones to me.

Well, except for those with a sense of humour. Those I have time for. But alas, they are excessively rare. (Where's a Rhinocerous Party candidate when you need one?)

Anyway, enough about me.

If you're following the pedantic politics of who promised how much money (but never delivered it) to the Ukrainian community when, there's another episode coming up next week. (Backgrounder here and here).

Two Liberal politicians have called a press conference on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ukrainian National Federation Community Centre, 145 Evans Ave. Toronto (2nd floor Board Room). For more information call Borys Wrzesnewskyj, M.P. (416) 249-7322. Scuttlebut has it a few Conservative supporters may show up with some tough questions, so it might even get interesting.

Darn, and I have to miss it, being stuck in Lotusland, far far away, where the daffodils are in full bloom, World Storytelling Day is almost here, and all manner of exciting things are coming up in the local Ukrainian community!


Anonymous said...

have voted NDP and even conservative. Could never stoop as low as to vote Liberal -- Godless party with no moral centre. :)

Restless in Alberta

Pawlina said...

OK, now why don't you tell us what you *really* think?

Vasyl Pawlowsky said...

Well, given I am from originally from Quebec, but been schooled in Ontario as well I have different views of political parties.

When voting in Quebec elections I voted Liberal... What other choice did I have.. There was no way I would have voted PQ. In Federal elections I voted Conservative and was even involved in a number of election campaigns for Robert (Bob) Layton, Jack Layton's father... Yes, you read that right... In fact I was a Conservative Party member...

During his term in Office Bob Layton was extremely supportive of the Ukrainian community in our riding and in Montreal in general. Unfortunately, we just didn't have a strong enough lobby to at the time to move things forward on the Internment issue while he was still around...

I hope that finally, this press conference will get aired out... Looking forward to read the outcome... I will be in Kyiv as usual... but I do follow what is going on in our community back on that side of the Big Pond.

Pawlina said...

You and me both, Vasyl.

I don't know what can be the outcome, apart from clarification of the Liberal party's current position. Whatever that's worth, since they are now in opposition, as the Conservatives were a couple of years ago.

Sad to note that, to date, it has made no difference whatsoever to the Ukrainian community who is sitting where in the House.

It's been just a constant ongoing game of musical chairs and hot potato.

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