Former deputy PM and leader of the Aussie National Party has just resigned. I’ve been poking sticks at Mark Vaile, also my local member, for years now. So some time around mid August I will be into election mode, supporting the current state MP Rob Oakeshott in his effort to shift to the federal arena.
Now there are rumblings that Canada will go to the polls in the autumn. Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government has passed its use-by date. Survival to now has reflected the fact that no party had the voter support needed to form a majority government.
While the Conservatives focused on crippling their opposition, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion has been busy promoting his ‘green shift’ plan. Surprisingly voters in Canada and Australia are embracing climate change policies which come a personal cost to all.
Just goes to show, given a choice between playing politics or leading with ideas the ideas are actually winning. Of course when it really starts to hurt living standards the outlook might not look so rosy, but for now the momentum is with climate change action.
For a political tragic this is pig heaven; involved in one campaign and closely watching two others. There will be campaigning lessons to learn in all three shows, particularly the power of ideas over political posturing. But if Obama was watching Dion and Rudd he would be thinking seriously about sticking his neck out with some brave policy statements.