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Canadian Election Reactions

I find it funny that Stephen Harper, despite being relatively tied to George Bush, and the whole "deregulation" thing that's causing so much trouble with the banks in a lot of peoples' eyes (hint: I think blaming "deregulation" is a lazy cop-out), was not only able to get reelected, but able to gain a stronger minority. A minority nonetheless, but a stronger one.

I have to admit: I hate Stephen Harper. Absolutely abhor him. I find him to be a snake who's last concern is the welfare of average Canadians, and that if Paul Martin wasn't involved in the Sponsorship Scandal, the Liberals would still be leading Canada, and despite their rampant problems, I believe the Liberals are a better fit for Canada than the Conservatives, easily.

I see Harper - he of his DASHING charm (note the sarcasm dripping like an IV) - as Bush Lite, bringing Canada closer to America's policies and America's attitudes, but without America's ability to carry them out. I don't like this. America's policies are fine for America, but I don't believe we're anything for Canada to copy, as it goes completely against the social gains that Canada has made. However, I think it will be a long time before the Conservatives are voted out of office, if only because there seems to be a theoretical split between the Liberals - who are run by a Frog - and the New Democrats, who are run by a nutjob. I hate the paradigm shift that I'm seeing - notably as an outsider - towards rote conservatism, all caused by one bloody scandal (when no one seems to be paying attention that Harper is possibly complicit in BRIBING MPs!.

Maybe Paul can shed some light on this for me from the Conservative side of the docket. He's about the only Conservative voice in Canada I can actually trust.

With all that said, I do laugh at one thing I've read: Voter turnout in Canada is a record low. Now, that's pretty bad... but compare that to us, when we practically masturbate whenever voter turnout sniffs 60%. November should be interesting.

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vyctori
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
My mother seems kinda pissed that lots of time and money was spent to get us exactly where we were before the election, but I'm just relieved Harper didn't get a majority. It was looking pretty bad for a while there.

I'm kind of wondering how long it's going to be before Dion gets the axe from the Liberals, to be honest. At this point, as much as I've been coming around to the guy, I'm starting to think it'd be for the best. :/ Provided the Liberals don't bring in someone the Average CanadianTM likes even less, anyway.
willfor_iv
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
There is a leadership review for the Liberal party coming up in May. If Dion doesn't resign by then, he may wish he had, because he may split the party even more if it comes down to it.
vyctori
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ahh, yeah. Not surprised, then. It's a shame, though--if Dion was half as forceful and passionate in English as he is in French, I bet this election would've been a hell of a lot closer.
willfor_iv
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I can't actually shed more light on it. Right now the Liberals just don't have the coordination or funding they need to actually take the conservatives to bat for this. However, historically, whenever a party is low and their vote is split, it takes time for them to get back into a strong position. Until about 5 years ago the conservative movement in Canada was doing poorly because their vote was split. When they merged, and the scandal presented itself, they were ready to make an effort to go for the gold.

It is unfortunate that I am a PC party conservative, and the Reform party took most of the power (Harper is a Reform conservative), because with the split I actually had a voice that was more towards what I like. I voted a member of a more progressive faction in, so I hoping when Harper's support dissolves (this might be the last term he can get away with staying leader of the conservatives) the next leader will be open to PC party ideals.

The voter turnout has me angry to be quite honest. I hear so much from various people about what Canada should be, but Canada is what the people say it is. At least in my province it is up somewhat compared to other provinces, but it means that for every person who votes, there is almost another whole person who doesn't vote. Which means half of the country is talking for the other half!
superbus
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I think there needs to be more primary parties. Election Canada has a tonne of parties on their docket, but only a few of them get more than a cursory glance. As it is, it is, and always will be, the Liberals vs. the Conservatives, with the BQ thrown in for good measure. The conservatives, with Reform thrown in, are a united front, while the Liberals are spread out, major-party wise, between the Libs and the NDP, as well as the Green Party and the joke parties like the Marijuana Party.

As for voter turnout, considering they keep calling these bloody things, I don't blame people for going "eh, fuck it" this time around. Two elections in three years?
willfor_iv
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
We're probably going to have another one in a year. I can't see this government being particularly stable. If they are turned off by the amount of them, maybe they should actually vote and give ANYONE a majority so they don't have to go back so often? :')

Also, my retirement post is up and needs transferring to the announcement board
kyuusei
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I voted Liberal even though I wasn't entirely impressed by Dion and theyd idn't have a hope in hell. I can't stand Harper... I'm only glad he didn't get a majority.

The turnout had me disappointed, sure a lot of people complained about ALL of the choices but you're never going to get that perfect PM candidate. And at least vote for whoever seems to address what you think is important the most even if they don't cover enerything. :P

I just hope that those who didn't vote don't BITCH.
samuraiter
Oct. 15th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I've been reading about this one, and, while I'd like the Liberals to have another go at it, it doesn't feel like Dion has enough ground to stand on just yet. He's got a few good ideas about banking, credit, and the like, but it takes more than a few good ideas to get elected. *furrows brow* At least Canada's having a better time of it than Japan at the moment.
yubsie
Oct. 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I must admit that I wished there'd been an "Anyone But Conservative" option on the ballot. That's all I really cared about (well, I think the NDP make a better opposition party than they would a government, but ANYONE but Conservative.) WHY so many ridings took leave of their senses, I'm not sure.
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