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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject: Canadian Federal Election Reply with quote

Here in Canada we are facing a federal election on Oct 14. The main rivals are the incumbent Conservatives who have governed for the past few years with a minority, but no formal alliance with any of the other parties. The Conservatives are led by a very controlling right wing leader. The Liberals (formerly in power for a long time) are led by a thinking but not charismatic leader. The scene is confused by a third party that only represents one province (Quebec) and does not aspire to form a government.
How to prevent a right-wing majority government now is very problematic.



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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Canadian Federal Election Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
Here in Canada we are facing a federal election on Oct 14. The main rivals are the incumbent Conservatives who have governed for the past few years with a minority, but no formal alliance with any of the other parties. The Conservatives are led by a very controlling right wing leader. The Liberals (formerly in power for a long time) are led by a thinking but not charismatic leader. The scene is confused by a third party that only represents one province (Quebec) and does not aspire to form a government.
How to prevent a right-wing majority government now is very problematic.


Yes, the only thing one can do is to vote for the strongest non-conservative candidate to prevent a majority government. The main thing is to get out and vote.



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PostPosted: Thu 16 Oct, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: The day after Reply with quote

Well, we have now had the general election here in Canada and the result was that the electorate did not want a major change and therefore voted for the status quo. We still have a minority Conservative government (and will have as long as we have a strong party that only represents our French province, but still competes in the federal election). The minority ruling party is stronger. but still a minority. There is not a strong tradition here of coalitions of any sort.



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PostPosted: Thu 16 Oct, 2008 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The day after Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
We still have a minority Conservative government (and will have as long as we have a strong party that only represents our French province, but still competes in the federal election).


It hadn't really occurred to me until you wrote it, MEF, that the Bloc party is not exactly a national party. I'm assuming there aren't any Bloc candidates in other provinces? The fact that it can be the official opposition party does make our country pretty lop-sided, doesn't it?

And speaking of other parties, I'm always amazed when I look at my ballot. There are so many more names on it than I expect! One person on our ballot was representing the "radical marijuana" party. I wonder if he got more than one vote. And does someone like that vote for himself?

There was nobody from the "Canadian Action Party" though.

http://www.thecanadapage.org/Parties.htm



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PostPosted: Sat 18 Oct, 2008 12:54 am    Post subject: Re: The day after Reply with quote

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One person on our ballot was representing the "radical marijuana" party. I wonder if he got more than one vote. And does someone like that vote for himself?

There was nobody from the "Canadian Action Party" though.

http://www.thecanadapage.org/Parties.htm


Too bad there was no one from the Absolutely Absurd Party on our ballot. And remember The Rhinoceros Party? They are trying to bring themselves back from extinction: http://rhinoparty.com/



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PostPosted: Mon 01 Dec, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject: Stay tuned Reply with quote

I mentioned earlier that we elected a minority government again and that Canadians don't have a tradition of coalition governments. This may change soon. The minority government brought in an "economic statement" which basically ignored the global economic crisis. The opposition parties cannot accept this and 1) are united to form a coalition and 2) are poised to defeat the government. Stay tuned as events unfold this week.



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PostPosted: Mon 01 Dec, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Stay tuned Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
The opposition parties cannot accept this and 1) are united to form a coalition and 2) are poised to defeat the government.


Augh!!!

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Too bad there was no one from the Absolutely Absurd Party on our ballot.


Clearly, judging from the announcement of a possibility of yet another election, there were plenty of people from the Absolutely Absurd Party who were on several other ballots and won seats.



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PostPosted: Fri 05 Dec, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: The play waits for ActII Reply with quote

Neither alternative 1 or 2 in my previous post came to pass. Instead the P.M. went to the Queen (Governor General) and convinced her to suspend Parliament until Jan 26,2009 to give the P.M. a chance to devise a budget that would pass in the House. So, back in 2 mos.



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PostPosted: Thu 11 Dec, 2008 11:50 pm    Post subject: Re: The play waits for ActII Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
... back in 2 mos.


Well, we now have Michael Ignatieff as leader of the opposition... What a turn of events! Get a load of Ignatieff's website: http://www.michaelignatieff.ca/en/. He's also on facebook and twitter. At least Canadian politics is suddenly not dull!


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