Five days before the election, an undecided voter who's only recently tuned into the campaign - or one who's been paying attention and is starting to waver - might reasonably decide to look more closely at the parties by going to their websites.
At Conservative.ca this evening, he or she will find many smiling photos of Stephane Harper, and a lead item outlining the "clear choice" between Harper and Stephane Dion. It explains to them why the Tories are a better choice to manage the economy than the opposition parties. Quite probably, the information they're looking for.
Over at NDP.ca, they'll find rally footage of Jack Layton, a health care pitch and the party's platform leading the site, with a call to explain Afghanistan funding below it. Personally, I'd focus a little more on the economy. But the visitor at least gets a feel for the party's priority issues, and a chance to get to know its leader a little better.
Greenparty.ca offers - aside from an awful lot of green background - a bio of Elizabeth May front and centre. The lead item below it explains how the Greens "would act to protect people from financial crisis." It's debatable how many potential Green voters actually expect the Greens to do that for them, but at least it gives them an idea of where the party is coming from.
And what will they learn from Liberal.ca? Why, that Reid Scott - an 81-year-old former New Democrat MP who last served in Parliament 40 years ago - believes the NDP has "lost its way."
Now, this is not technically news, since Reid Scott said much the same thing this summer. But clearly, it's such a persuasive argument to vote Liberal that it was worth resurrecting at this pivotal moment.Report Typo/Error