compare policy

To compare policy between parties or groups has many hazards:

  • provincial jurisdiction is a problem - many areas of overlap with the federal
  • any party platform comparison chart goes quickly out of date and is obsoleted by even small shifts in Canadian federal political parties' policies or leadership; most of these parties' policies is set by their leader without consultation with membership or any formal process, and can change instantly
  • a party platform comparison, though valid for all Canadian voters outside Quebec, omits the influence of the Bloc Quebecois on national debate and thought about alternatives. See BLOC note below:
  • the language in which policies is expressed varies based on ideology and history
  • many issues in trade, energy and ecology, involve the US directly as it abuts Canada so directly - meaning the main policy difference that must be discussed is between Canada and the US, or between each region of Canada and the US - one of the things that makes the softwood lumber issue so contentious
  • some policy is based on international law or international standards and in general must be compared relative to that, e.g. a policy for much stronger greenhouse gas control in Canada that somehow does not involve implementing the Kyoto Protocol would lose much for failing to encourage a decade-long international process of agreement on climate change along, and could not really be considered a stronger policy just for claiming higher numbers.
  • stewsinc at eol.ca" class="wiki wiki_page">monetary policy is quite hard to compare without similar consideration for how international law and institutions, e.g. the IMF, World Bank, might be affected

If you wish to compare policy and have the comparison become official, the Living Platform is the right place to indicate first that your comparison exists, then to compare it to other comparisons, then to recruit help to keep it up to date.

BLOC: Effectively, the Bloc is a voice for decentralization of a certain kind, and for strong Parliamentary process - since it will never form the Government of Canada it will always work from a minority or informal coalition. On any matter of international or federal process, it is usually wise to consider the Bloc's policy explicitly. On the other hand, their position on municipal affairs is simply that this is Quebec's own business - one backed by the Supreme Court of Canada which declares urban autonomy non-negotiable under present law. In issues of mixed federal and provincial jurisdiction, since the Bloc argues that these must be up to Quebec, declares itself simply to be the voice of the Quebec National Assembly in Ottawa, and is closely allied to the Parti Quebecois, it may make more sense to compare federal parties' positions to the PQ position rather than the Bloc position directly.