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The view from here

I know all of Canada has been waiting to hear what I had to think about Monday's election.... I can't say I'm terribly glad to see the Conservative Party win a minority government. I'm not inclined to be pessimistic, though. CBC's The National had two different commentaries that indicated the voters wanted a change, but not that much of a change, which showed why the Conservatives only won a minority government and the Liberals still had over a hundred seats. The fact that it's a minority government means that Stephen Harper, the new prime minister, will have to work with members of the other three parties, all to the left of his own. So that will place a limit on how much damage he can do, I would think.

It's interesting that in Canada, as in the U.S. in 2004, voters in the urban centers went Liberal, while voters in suburbs and rural areas went Conservative.

It's possible that Harper's government will last but a short while and then meet the same fate as Paul Martin's did. I did come up with one nightmare scenario, though. Suppose Harper does very well and builds his popularity. Then he calls an early election with the purpose of obtaining a majority— and succeeds. I've heard of this sort of strategy in parliamentary systems. I'm not sure that's likely, but the prospect is worrisome.

Just remember, though... Canada's conservatives aren't quite as reactionary as America's. At least that's what I've heard.

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altivo
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me. I'm getting really tired of having LJ expire all the cookies over and over again.

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