Your Best Stuff: Trapped in an elevator
Picture this: it's 6 p.m. Friday and all you want to do is go home, change into your pyjamas and settle in front of the TV.
But before your long-awaited weekend begins, a ride in your office's elevator results in an one-on-one Q & A with one of the party leaders. You and Stephen Harper of the Conservatives, Stéphane Dion of the Liberals, Jack Layton of the NDP, Elizabeth May of the Green party or Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Québécois are trapped in the elevator.
As you wait until the power is restored, what's the one thing you would ask the leader?
We asked just that in a recent Canada Votes Your View.
Your questions were all over the map. Some of you chose to direct a question to one party leader in particular, mainly Harper. Others chose to ask a question or a number of questions to all five party leaders.
Issues raised ranged from child care and abortion matters to the economy and the environment. Here are some of your questions:
"Dion: Let's say the green tax was passed. Now 10 years down the road, all the companies have reduced emissions by 50 per cent. What are you supposed to do with this huge decrease in revenue?" - Matt Edmonton, Edmonton, Alta.
"Mr. Harper, you accuse the Liberals of being fearmongers about the economy and yet you yourself say the sky would fall if the Green Shift was put in place. In fact, I've heard nothing but fearmonging from you - when do I get hear your platform detailing the specifics about the important issues? So far, it seems you're too busy attacking and ridiculing other parties to detail your policies." - anonintoronto, Toronto, Ont.
"I really would like to ask Elizabeth May how was the coast-to-coast whistle stop tour - particularly when the East Coast ended in Nova Scotia? I was waiting at the railway museum in Newfoundland and Labrador - funny thing we have no train." - labradory, St. John's, Nfld.
"If I were trapped in an elevator with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, I would ask him, 'If the Conservatives were elected again in a minority government, would you try to work with the other parties to govern, or would you ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament again?' I think it's kind of absurd for him to have dissolved Parliament in the first place - for this very reason. The Conservatives can only govern in a majority? Please. I think a minority government is the best situation for the people of Canada." - ironbuddha, Winnipeg, Man.
"What is your stand on animal cruelty? The current laws are a joke! Are you willing to increase the punishment of people who commit acts of cruelty towards animals, including significant jail terms? Something has to be done to punish these sick and cruel people with more than a slap on the wrist." - AmyTidbit, Sault Ste Marie, Ont.
"I would ask why the Bloc is allowed to participate in federal politics when they serve no useful purpose to any person or region in Canada except for a group of Quebec separatists. If a party exists only to drive a wedge into national unity and for no betterment of the country, it should be left to the provincial level of government only." - coolpete1, Edmonton, Alta.
"Mr. Harper: Will you please stop attacking every other party and actually tell Canadians where you stand on the issues? Mr. Duceppe: Don't you think your party platform is outdated by 50 years? Ms. May: Could you please do even more to promote public transportation? Mr. Layton and Mr. Dion: Can I have your autograph and/or a job working for you?" - redmenace, Stirling, Ont.
"In light of the China food crisis, I would ask, 'What are you planning to do to ensure that Canadians have a safe food supply?'" - IMLadyCate, Kitchener, Ont.
"For Mr. Layton: Canadians have heard from you and your candidates that the NDP is concerned about the "kitchen table," not the "boardroom table." The NDP decries what it calls "corporate welfare" and promises to raise corporate taxes while at the same time criticizes the government for not offering financial assistance to ailing corporate sectors such as Ontario's manufacturing sector, the Atlantic fisheries or forestry across the country. What in the NDP's lexicon is the difference between supporting a corporation and corporate welfare?" - Above Center, Toronto, Ont.