I don't particularly like Stephen Harper. He's about as charismatic as a turnip and comes across as deeply paranoid. I think his economic policies are short-sighted and more a byproduct of pandering to the other parties for 'compromise' than a result of good thinking and the proper analyses. I'm glad he's shoved the socially conservative wing of the party to the back burner (which was Preston Manning's downfall as leader of the Reform Party) because things like gay marriage are dead issues and aren't worth talking about.
Michael Ignatieff is an effete creep and his run at becoming Prime Minister is born of the thinking that the Liberal Party is "Canada's natural governing party" and not about doing anything different or 'good'. He's also about as charismatic as a root vegetable. The Liberals won't win, or at least shouldn't
win, as a result of picking apart the Conservative government's policies because a great deal of them were crafted to get Liberal approval anyway. The Liberals bring nothing new to the table. The only reason we are even having an election right now is because the Liberals think it's a politically advantageous time. That's the reason we've had, what: four elections in seven years? What a waste of time and money.
I can't fathom why anyone with a job would ever vote for the NDP, but at least Jack Layton sticks to his guns and doesn't waffle on his position like Harper and Ignatieff. That the Bloc Québécois exists is a bit of a joke but I can't blame Quebeckers for creating a party that solely represents their interests. Like Layton at least Gilles Duceppe stands by his policies and doesn't compromise to curry favour and buy votes. (at least, not outside of Quebec)
All the other parties are pointless and exist for no other reason than as a protest vote. Including the Greens.
I ask the rhetorical question: why should I vote? Why should I vote at all? I'd never vote for the Green Party or NDP, and I don't trust the Conservatives or Liberals. Why bother? I consider myself economically conservative and socially liberal and not one party out there stands for what I believe in. I want the government to stay the hell out of my life and if I was in government I'd strive to stay the hell out of everyone else's life.