Rick,I'm like, stoked!Jamie Irons
Two continents down, three to go. (Antarctica can remain neutral.)
On some conservative Canadian blogs, people are pretty bummed, since even with all the scandals and running a terrible campaign the Liberals still managed about 100 seats.That is one left wing country.
Read the wonderful analysis about voting on RCP by Jay Cost cited downthread by Rick for a clue as to why it's so hard to defeat an incumbent. I expect the same thing is true in Canada--Maybe more true, given the greater monopoly of the CBC and the liberal press. Remember, FNC just got into Canada.%^)
I guess their 100 seats is about like our Bush-by-.03. Victory for Truth, Justice, and the North American Way--but only a battle, not the war.Happy for ya, 'Peers!
I was one of the first in line at my local poll station this morning to vote the rascals out , and I can't remember ever casting a vote with a greater sense of purpose; it really felt like the future of our country was at stake this time. It's been a night of mixed emotions for conservatives in Canada, we can't help but feel disappointed that we've won by so little, but a win is a win and we should be grateful to take anything we can get, with 64% of the population voting for left-wing parties.Keep your eyes on our one independant candidate winner, former radio host Andre Arthur from Quebec City: a decidely conservative voice and as pro-US as he is anti-separatist, his victory is akin to Rush Limbaugh winning a seat in Congress as representative of Manhattan!
I am glad for Canada’s citizens. This might be their last chance to save themselves. Can the forces of political correctness be further pushed back?
We have to remember that a Canadian "conservative" is akin to a far left US Democrat. In fact, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi would be centrists north of the 49th parallel.Still, it is good news. One of the most important things is that it finally gives a voice to those western Canadians in rapidly growing provinces like Alberta and BC, whose values are often closer to those of US conservatives and who have for so long felt shut out of national government. In some ways it is like the US South finding a voice in the Republican Party.
I personally hope for a shift in Canada's political direction. It doesn't take many leftoid statists on or near one's borders to cause a whole lotta trouble. It remains to be seen, however, if this election is a sign that Canada has gone as far left as it cares to go or if this is just a "spanking" administered to the beloved Leftoid Leadership for misbehaving and, once they've demonstrated sufficient contrition, or even if they don't, the electorate will get back to electing the folks who hand out the goodies.
What a bunch of spoilers. Progressive politics (and politicians) are very similiar to athletes foot or herpes. You have to learn to live with them as they are treated and removed over a long period of time. Progressivism is a termite nest under a historical house worthy of preservation. They've gotten into the foundation and the rot caused is going to be difficult and expensive to repair. Kudos to the Canadians for taking a good first step and hopefully the Conservatives will loosen the current stranglehold on the press and broadcast media so that voices from the right may be heard from Newfoundland to the far Yukon.The progressive rot will be a long time dying but an ideology based upon lies and false promises cannot endure forever.
I would appreciate any thoughts from our Canadian readers, but my take on the election is that the liberals basically self-destructed; It is also my impression that Canadians are a bit less divided politically than are Americans at this point in time. If anything, the Republican party ought to take note that when the stink gets too bad, ideological purity may not be enough to win elections. I suspect much of the so-called anti-americanism expressed by the PM was more political posturing than real--What this election may foretell is the growing political clout of western Canada.My only other thoughts about Canada is to avoid eating at any restaurant that features "Canadian Cuisine," and make sure you specify you don't want brown gravy with your fries!
Roger,I don't know about Canadian cuisine in general, but last summer at the suggestion of a local I went into a Big Boy type of chain in Vancouver (Named "White Castle"?, no that's in Chicago) and ate the BC blueberry dessert and it was out of this world. They can export that to Colorado anytime they choose. Oh, and there was a Greek restaurant in the West End that has to be one of the best restaurant experiences ever.
RogerA, Meaninglesshotair:I agree that this is western Canada starting to flex its electoral muscles. Good for them - and us.And West Van has too many glorious dim sum places to even count. Meaninglesshotair, was it a Vera's Burger Shack? A White Spot?
I should have prefaced my remarks about canadian cuisine with the caveat that they didnt apply to Vancouver or Victoria--primarily apply Manitoba, Sask and Alberta! Sorry to slight Vancouver, which, if you havent visited, please try--fantastic city!
RogerA:However. When we were last in Saskatchewan, we tried some of our cousins beef - as in beef from the cows just across the barn. Fabulous.
RogerA,If anything, the Republican party ought to take note that when the stink gets too bad, ideological purity may not be enough to win elections.Nor should it be. A number of interesting questions have been raised recently in coverage of the Abramoff scandal. Among those questions is what voters view as a level of corruption that will drive their voting rather than more of the same crap that they more or less sorta figure is always going on among all politicians of all parties. Some of such perception is, of course, driven by partisanship: Democrats are people who care about the little people vs. Democrats are blood-sucking leeches preying on the basest of human nature. There is also the matter of proximity. What some distant politician in DC, representing some other state, does tends to seem less important to us than what some local does. The guy from Louisiana who took $150K in bribes doesn't seem as despicable to me as the guy who took $15K to get around some local zoning laws.And there is always the matter of media drumbeat and careful placement. RCP has a look at some of that in The Media's double standard in covering scandals
Skook,That was it, White Spot.
It's been a long and tiring campaign. I'm a little disappointed that the Liberal scoundrels were not more humiliated, and a little hopeful that out of his present difficult position, the best in Stephen Harper and his party will be brought out. I am presently writing up my thoughts in an essay to be posted later tonight or tomorrow.As for Canadian urban cuisine (in the cities from which the Conservatives were basically shut out)... Yes, it's very good; from my experience, the person with a modest budget eats better, and with more choices, in Canadian than AMerican or European cities. We have many skilled immigrants and an economy that often brings them few opportunities and lots of low pay restaurant jobs. In contrast, the name White Spot evokes a whole other culinary tradition. (One of BC's oldest burger chains; I once read their official history because I wanted to know where the name came from. I thought, in the 1920s the name must have had racial connotations - Chinese-run cafes were considered dirty - and I'm curious that in our PC times no one calls them on it, boycotting their secret sauce... but the book just said the original owner took the name and the menu idea from a restaurant he had seen in California. That's a typical BC business story.) Anyway, I'm glad MHA had a good meal; it's a sign of how the whites can be improved by immigration! But then that's a cliche of whiteness now, isn't it?
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