As of Thursday reports had it that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was poised to drop the writ on the longest Federal election period since 1926.
Not because it means we’ll be exposed to more acrimony, obfuscation and misrepresentation in the form of slick ad campaigns mounted by well-funded parties and their allies determined to distract and mislead rather than inform.
Not because the timing – as it has been in most every other Canadian election – is another instance of a party making a purely partisan decision in the hopes of retaining its grip on power.
No, it’s good because an eleven week campaign between now and Oct. 19 gives Canadians a chance to deeply consider the issues confronting this nation as a member of the global community and as a steward of its own citizens’ wellbeing.
So even if Harper doesn’t drop the writ, we are going to launch our election coverage.
There has never been a more important time for Canadians to make thoughtful choices; never a moment that will have a greater impact on our communities now and for the foreseeable future.
We all need to step up. At the Chronicle we will be dedicating lots of space to the 2015 election (see page 7 for our plan), with articles on the issues and requests for commentary from the community and from candidates representing Canada’s four major parties in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.
We’ll be touching on climate change, homelessness and poverty, economic development, electoral and parliamentary reform, and other issues that emerge in a dialogue with you, our readers. Our objective is to nudge up the numbers of people who vote, and who vote thoughtfully.
Craig Spence, Editor