Tuesday, May 03, 2011


"As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions."
-Stephen Harper

Harper Wins
I wrote about the Canadian election a few weeks ago (and a Canadian added some excellent information and corrections as a comment - always read the comments, everywhere), where Stephen Harper and his conservative party had to run again because the leftists in the Canadian Parliament managed to build a coalition to give a vote of "no confidence."

In theory, the "no confidence" vote is an expression of the people these ministers of parliament represent, that the people are no longer in support of the sitting government and want a change. However, the election results put that system to lie.

Before this election, Harper was Prime Minister only by building a coalition of minority parties to agree with him and help him govern. The Conservative Party only won a large minority. This election appears to be different. This time it looks like the conservatives won a majority.

In other words, the leftist coalition was crushed by their own tactics. They tried to shove the conservatives out of power, ran a bozo leftist named Iggy (the guy even looked like John Kerry), and lost big time, handing the conservatives an even bigger slice of parliament.



Alex VanderWoude said...

Yeah, oops. The most surprising thing about this election is how the left-leaning voters stampeded to support the NDP. This ended up leaving the Liberals with a mere 30-some seats, and the BQ (the separatists) with only four seats! For the first time in Canadian history the NDP is the official opposition, and the Liberals are reduced to "third-party" status.

Personally I thought there would be more vote-splitting between the Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc, leading to Conservative gains by coming up the middle. However, that did not happen. Although the Conservatives did gain enough seats for a comfortable majority, most left-leaning voters simply switched to the NDP. The NDP picked up 45 seats from the Bloc alone!

It will be interesting to see how the NDP handle their opposition status. They have never been in this position before at the federal level, and I suspect they don't quite know what to do. Many of their candidates are very young and inexperienced, and (particularly in Quebec) were never expected to actually, you know, *win*. But now they have to reconcile legislative inexperience, hard-left socialist principles, lots of constituents who expect goodies, and pie-in-the-sky promises made when they had no credible chance of having to make good on them. A juggling act, indeed. And as majority leader Harper has stated that the next election will be held in October 2015, so they've got four and a half years to keep those balls in the air. My prediction? Chaos, in-fighting, and implosion.

The NDP might realize they are actually less powerful now than they were before the election. In a minority government the third party (which is what they used to be) is often the king-maker, and can hold power disproportionately greater than their seats would suggest.

Interesting times, but in my view the Conservatives have the greatest chance of nursing the economy out of this slump, so I am optimistic.

P.S. Thanks for the compliment on the previous post, that made my day.

Christopher Taylor said...

Your comment was really informative (as is this one) and my knowledge of Canadian politics is pretty limited so it was helpful.

Unknown said...

I have really enjoyed the added insights as well.