Each day this week, Global News will explore some of the issues that matter to Calgary voters as we approach the 2019 federal election in a new segment called ‘Word on the Street.’
The Global News Morning Calgary team took to the street last week to find out what Calgarians want in a prime minister as we approach the 2019 federal election.
Speaking to Global News, Susan Waddell said she wants a leader who is focused on getting people back to work.
“It has to be somebody that addresses the economy, then addresses the social programs,” Waddell said. “Everybody is contributing to the tax base. If you take the jobs away then where’s the money coming from?”
Mel Reyes said he is looking for someone “thoughtful” and “strategic” who benefits all Canadians.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Edworthy, a mother, said she is not impressed with the mudslinging from the leaders on the campaign trail this election.
“If my child in kindergarten is learning about integrity then why can’t, as adults, we do that?”
However, Edworthy says she will definitely be voting on Oct. 21.
Hillary Johnstone said she wants to see honesty.
“They have to be honest, and if they say they’re going to do something, do it and not backtrack,” Johnstone said. “I think we just need more compassion and realness.”
According to the poll, three in four of those surveyed (76 per cent) felt that no matter who becomes prime minister, they will wind up breaking their campaign pledges.
Meanwhile, eight in 10 of those surveyed (83 per cent) said they will cast a ballot for someone they believe in.
Mount Royal University political analyst David Taras said it seems many Canadians are “extremely distrustful” of the federal leaders.
“A lot of the pollsters and experts are predicting a low voter turnout,” Taras said. “There’s a lot of people who are just turning away and a lot of people who are turned off.”
When asked if he thinks Canadians are voting for the leaders or the parties themselves, Taras said he thought it was the leaders who were getting ballots cast.
“The leaders come to symbolize the party,” Taras explained. “It’s kind of become a presidential system. … They symbolize the parties, and the people vote because, ultimately, you have to trust the leader.”
Taras said he thinks most Canadians are turned off by negativity and mudslinging from party representatives.
As for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Taras said though voters seem to be comfortable with him, there is a lot of distrust.
Taras anticipates the Conservatives will win by “gigantic margins” in “almost every riding” in Alberta, with similar results across the prairies.
“There are probably only 30 or 40 seats that are hotly contested across the country where there are three-way races,” he explained.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Taras said. “The parties are tied in terms of the popular vote; they seem to be tied in terms of seats.
Taras added he thought NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was the “star” among the party leaders, saying he had proven to be “charming, charismatic and articulate.”
“He saved the NDP from the destruction that seemed to await them at the beginning of the campaign,” Taras said. “It’s, of course, easy when you are leading the third or fourth party to promise the moon and the sky — dentacare, national daycare, pharmacare, etc. — but no one can accuse him of thinking small.”