January 25, 2006

Run Away, Run Away...

A day after Canadian border guards ran from a shoot-out involving two escaped murder suspects from California, one Tory MP has vowed to arm them in the near future. Can't really blame the poor guys for bolting when they had nothing to aim at the suspects besides their index fingers.

The MP, Vic Toews, further commented about Canada's unarmed border guards, "I think it does nothing for our national image."

Never mind your image, how about the safety of your citizens? Hello?

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January 24, 2006

Canada's Multi-Party System

I was reading through the returns of Canada's Parliamentary election last night. I didn't realize just how many political parties they have. Of course, most of them didn't win a single seat but they must each have enough support to get on the ballot. Not surprisingly, they have a Green party, a Libertarian party and an Independent party. So does the U.S.

But they also have Communists, Marxist-Leninists, a PC party (is that for "politically correct"?) and even a Marijuana party. Now you'd think these particular groups would pool their resources and band together, being as they have so much in common. That's what they've done here in the States.

They call themselves Democrats.

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January 23, 2006

Canadian Elections Today

There is a detectable giddiness among Conservative Canadian bloggers today as they head to the polls to strip the Grits from power. And I'll second Ottawa Core's compliment of the uber-saucy North American Patriot! Good luck, folks!

Could an actual Tory majority be in the works? It's a long shot, but I'd love to see that if for no other reason than to see Michael Moore cry.

Tune in to Captain's Quarters for live returns.

Projections indicate a minority Tory government. BQ has made some gains as well. Conservatives didn't fair as well as expected in the Eastern Maritime provinces but a minority win is what was predicted by most. Post-mortems should follow tomorrow.

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January 13, 2006

Hoo-Boy! It Just Keeps Getting Worse

For Canada's Liberal party, that is. Now the NDP, a smaller Left-leaning party that tends to siphon off votes from the Liberals, is filing a complaint that one of their candidates was offered a bribe by the Liberal candidate to drop out of the race.

The Liberals are already reeling from corruption scandals and this might be the things that drives voters to put the Tories in the majority on January 23rd. Recent polls show the Conservative party with a solid 12 point lead. The Tories are expected to easily win a plurality a week from Monday but they are within striking distance of an actual majority.

Of course, I'll believe that when I see it. But every day that passes seems to bring more bad news for the Liberals.

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January 06, 2006

Canadian Tories Gaining Ground In Latest Polls

With the excruciatingly steady drip of stories linking Canada's Liberal Party with scandal after scandal, the Conservative Party for the first time is polling ahead as the country heads closer to Parliamentary elections later this month.

Captain Ed highlights the latest investigation into the Liberal party focusing on abuse of government funds for personal purposes. Now Canada is by and large a Left-leaning culture, with a serious addiction to the nanny-State. But it looks like a plurality of voters are getting fed up enough with the corruption to give the Tories an opportunity to form a minority government in the next Parliament.

What does this mean for the U.S.? Nothing really. We might be on the receiving end of less hostility and criticism over the war in Iraq. But the idea that Canada will become a more cooperative ally in the Global War On Terror just because the Conservative Party is kinda-sorta in charge of the government is unrealistic.

It'll be interesting, however, to see if the Canadian Left becomes as unhinged as the American Left when they're no longer in power.

UPDATE: Bloggers having an affect on the campaigning:

From the wackiest edges of the left and right, and every political shade in between, it's difficult to estimate the number of Canadian political blogs in existence. But when you Google the three words blogs, politics and Canada, more than six million entries come up.

Bloggers range from profane idiots to bright and incisive thinkers whose research skills, analysis and intellect leave many in journalism and academia looking pretty frail by comparison.

Heh. Guess you can put me closer to the "profane idiot" end of that spectrum. But Captain's Quarters, which has been covering these scandals and the subsequent call for new elections like white on rice, deservedly belongs at the other end with the "research skills, analysis and intellect" contingency.

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