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Monday, November 28, 2005

Let me tell you 'bout...

Nice round-up of the Canadian political landscape for Americans by David Gratzer in NRO: The “Choo Choo Man” Party On the Outs

"The Liberals’ woes, however, run deeper than this scandal and Martin’s handling of it. For years, Canadians have had an unwritten compact with the party: We’d pay high taxes and keep reelecting them and, in exchange, the Liberals would run the country competently. Obviously, the scandal has tarnished their image as astute managers. But even before, the deal was falling apart. With taxes rising steadily over the past decade, after-tax income has essentially stagnated. Yet Canada’s welfare state is rotten to the core."

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 28, 2005 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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The money quote from the NRO Cautious Changes article:
“If he wins, Stephen Harper will not be a Margaret Thatcher. However, he may prove to be a Tony Blair.”

Now that’s “scary”. In other words a “Cautious Change” swing to the right in Canada means that if we really have courage we might elect the equivalent of the UK Labour Party. Gosh, I'm speechless!

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-28 11:55:47 AM

I think it's a 'cautious change', nomdenet, because Canada's infrastructure, as in any nation, can't be readily overturned by means of the electoral process. Compare with the USA; you can elect a president but that doesn't mean that the president can, on his own, appoint supreme court judges. According to their constitution, his nominations have to be vetted by and approved by, the Senate.

The basic problems in Canada require, not only leadership, but constitutional amendments.

The first structural problem in Canada, as I keep saying, is bilingualism. Harper couldn't appoint a supreme court judge by merit; it has to be a bilingual individual. Same for all other positions. To deal with this, requires a constitutional amendment.

Then, other serious flaw rest within the patronage system. To deal with this - requires a constitutional amendment. An elected Senate (if retained); no more appointed positions without vetting by the House of Commons; all positions must be accountable to the House of Commons. And so on. All of this -requires constitutional amendments.

What we need in Canada, is openness, talk, talk, talk - and pressure for these amendments.

I, frankly, am amazed, and pleased, by the development of talk in Canada - in various blogs, in magazines, in newspapers, on TV - about these issues. One, two and more years ago- such issues as 'bilingualism', 'patronage', 'accountability', the domination of Quebec' - all of it would have been impossible to comment on and discuss, without retribution, without accusations of 'bigotry', of..whatever.

What we need is a Conservative gov't, that will open up our political and economic infrastructures to debate - so that, we, the people, can change them.

Posted by: ET | 2005-11-28 12:23:14 PM

A Non-poll Poll via cnews >>>

How much will the AdScam controversy factor into your vote in the next federal election?
Very much. 54%
Somewhat. 12%
Not at all. 31%
Not sure. 2%

Total Votes for this Question: 14256

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-28 12:39:15 PM

Your point is well taken ET. I guess it’s my biological clock getting the better of me after watching these elitists rule for decades. It would be nice to soon have a swing to something more right wing than Blair/Labour. But I’ll be delighted with simply a more open or democratic government and as you say we can then fix up the rest over time.

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-28 12:49:14 PM

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