Canadian Shift in Power

Stephen Harper of the Canadian Conservative Party won the national election yesterday. It will be interesting to find out how far Canada will go in the process of some needed deregulation and lowering taxes. On the other hand, will Canada's liberal tolerances on the social end of the scale also fall by the wayside?

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Americans have to remain

Americans have to remain realistic enough to remember that "conservative" in Canada is strictly according to Canadian standards, which are very left wing.

I voted Conservative (in a

I voted Conservative (in a very tight race I might add -- decided by a few hundred votes), but I have no illusions about this. They've snagged a minority, so if they actually want to govern they're going to have to ride the center, which means nothing dramatic and probably a lot of sausages. During the campaign one of the constant Liberal refrains was "Harper's hidden [right-wing] agenda," to which my response was "don't tease me." I'm not concerned about gay marriage -- they've already lost that battle and they know it. The only thing the socons can set us back on would be marijuana policy, which is important but not as important as kicking the Liberals out. I know what I voted for. And on that note, I need a shower.

So where do whiny Canadian

So where do whiny Canadian liberals threaten to move when they lose elections? :grin:

The north pole?

The north pole?

We don't threaten to move

We don't threaten to move anywhere. In addition to significant gains by the Conservatives, the Left party, the New Democrats also gained a significant number of seats (nearly doubling their representation). Basically, both the Conservatives and the NDP gained at the Liberal's (and to a lesser extent Bloc) expense. Of the 4 National parties, 3 tend to lie left of center on most social issues. Fiscally, there is little to distinguish the Conservatives from the Liberals (i.e. the enormous division was do you cut sales taxes (Conservative) or Income taxes (Liberals)). In fact it's the fact that fiscally, the Liberals and Conservatives are so similar that have forced the Conservatives into the Socially Conservative end of the spectrum. Otherwise there's just no brand distinction.

This election was a smackdown for the entrenched and somewhat scandal ridden Liberals. Canadians migrated out of the center, the Conservative minority will last something like 18 months to 2 years, the Liberals will pick a new party Leader and we'll go back to the polls and it's very likely that the Liberals will sweep back into power.

What Canadians want is two Liberal parties, so that we can switch between them when one gets too corrupt and complacent.

this festering sociological

this festering sociological shithole of Pol Pot heads and Khmer rouge wannabes will only vote for something other than Liberal or NDP or worse to send a message to the Ottawa cronies....we want more freebies and government jobs. thats ALL its about and nothing more. give it 18 months and they'll be screaming for another Maoist savior.

First of all, the term

First of all, the term "Liberal" is considerably more complex in its meaning here in Canada then is the same word in the U.S. Liberals here can range from far left, to fairly classical. Second note, The conservatives in Canada are by no means what you would call Goldwater types. Some of them could be, but none of the ones that actually now control any significant levers of power are. Whatever hard conservative ideas Harper has, he will bottle them right up in an effort to appease the stale grotesquely left center beliefs that seem to be the faith of the vast majority of those in the Canadian electorate.

Harper himself is a bit of

Harper himself is a bit of an enigma, though I remember reading somewhere that his influences when he was younger included Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek.