Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Well...

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I lied. That post back a while was not the last political post. On this "day after" I do have something to say about the Canadian election.










It's over and done with. We're stuck with another minority government, and thus elections in 1.5 to two years probably...

Of course a minority Conservative government is better than a majority Conservative government so I guess that's good.

Things I've noticed this morning:

  • In all the radio interviews I've heard, if the candidate lost (whatever his party), it's the other parties' fault - never his or her own. How is that?
  • The fact that the Liberals lost lots of seats is the Conservatives' fault.
  • The fact that the Conservatives made zero gains in Quebec is the fault of the Bloc and Liberals' scare tactics.
  • The Bloc MPs are refusing to speak to the press until Daddy Duceppe talks first. That is beyond ridiculous.
Jeezus - just admit you used the wrong strategy, that your party (whichever it is) has its faults and that you're just not "speaking to people".

The whole thing reminds me of a sixth grade schoolyard scuffle. "Mr. Principal, it's his fault! He started it!"

Grow the hell up!
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13 comments:

Suzan Buckner said...

WOW..how do you sort it all out?? I am glad we have only 2 parties here.(NOT that I adore either, but ya'll seem to have it really messed up there)..HUGS!!me

furiousBall said...

although this does seem confusing knowing more than 2 parties, i wouldn't mind having more choices here in the US

xup said...

I'm putting my faith in the next generation. The under 18's national mock vote had the Conservatives, NDPs and Green Party each at around 25% with the Liberals at 19. Once the parental influence factor is removed I am hopefully looking forward to some wise, visionary voters in the future. Some will be eligible by the next federal election! (including my baby...wahhhhh!)

Ian Lidster said...

As far as I am concerned, dear, it's 'everybody's' fault!

ticknart said...

At least your election is over. Now all you have is to be tortured only by the American stuff.

Jazz said...

Suzan - we thrive on complication. And these are only the big 5...

Fuball - problem is, they're all political parties. Their job is to promise everything and deliver nothing. It's all the same, however many parties you have.

XUP - You're less of a cynic than I am. I hope the next generation actually changes something.

Ian - Yeah, but get them to admit that!

Ticknart - Yep, now that the heat's off in Canada, we get your election wall to wall. Someone shoot me please...

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

As I woke to another dreary morning with Stephan Harper as PM, my husband said, "That's it, we're moving to Europe. Just tell me what language I need to learn."

citizen of the world said...

Oh. good. now you can focus your attention on pleasding with the conservatives here to have a change of heart!

Big Brother said...

Well there is at least one good thing, at least, we Quebecers, can't be blamed for having put the conservatives back in office.

Rachel said...

so tell me, what does this mean for canada having the conservatives continue their minority power?

I confess I am a true american in that my ignorance is absolute. The media here doesn't cover you guys at all.

Jazz said...

Kimber - I'm not sure they have it much better with Sarkozy in France and whatshisface in England... The whole universe is swinging to the right.

Citizen - Wouldn't that look a bit hypocritical, seeing as we've just elected a conservative government?

BB - Amen to that! We're all a bunch of lefties we are.

Rachel - Meh, we're used to being ignored by the US. What it means is simply that the conservatives haven't got the majority of seats so the combined opposition can force a non confidence vote or something and we start the whole election rigmarole again. The idea is that with a minority government the conservatives can't necessarily do whatever they want since they need the opposition to work with them. Which can be a good thing, except it tends to paralyze the government from getting anything done. If they don't give the other parties enough, they're out, since the others will vote against them. Usually a minority government lasts more or less a couple of years rather than the usual 4. Of course, the conservatives tend to govern like they're a majority government anyway and the others let them. It's just more of the same bullshit except we have to go through an election sooner than usual. It's not like it changes anything except the cost to the taxpayers of the election circus.

Echomouse said...

If only Harper honoured the minority government he has, we would be relatively safe. Unfortunately, as he did last time, he will push his wants through back door legislation instead of putting it to a vote. Or do things in secret. Such as a few months ago when he secretly signed some law giving American military free entry to Canada whenever they want to help police us. Or when he cancelled the government role in food inspections and privatized the system without telling ANYONE, after which, 20 people died (so far).

I am still waiting for some Canadian to explain to me why Western Canadians hate the East and why there is so much hate in Canada now period. That has me more upset than anything right now.

Rachel said...

oh, thanks. I find myself more educated and confused. ;)

yay for canada!

maybe proportional representation isnt all its cracked up to be, after all....