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Saturday, January 21, 2006

There is an Election Monday

In case those of us in the U.S. forgot, there is an election north of the border on Monday. We aren't hearing as much about it down here as one might thing we would. I think there is a reason for that, too. You see, the folks that many in the media would like to see win aren't doing so well.

The current Canadian Liberal government is basically running on the "Screw the U.S." platform, and it looks like they are going to lose. That's not sitting too well with some folks, Michael Moore for one. Blogmeister, USA has his open letter to Canada, which one would think was written by the guys at Nose on Your Face or Scrappleface after reading it.

Canada, who for many years generally reflected US policy and demeanor went to the left a while ago, and the MSM has beaten conservatives over the head with it. They've loved the "our neighbors hate us" lines they have been able to use. It will be interesting to see the spin that is put on if the Conservatives to win the election.

A conservative win in Canada would be a bigger blow to US liberals than they want to admit. Canada's conservatives want a less intrusive government, reform on their national health care plan, and (gasp!) lower taxes. If our northern neighbor starts cutting back on the very programs out liberals keep pointing to as the example we should follow, it will definitely give folks here reason to pause come November.

Lost Bludgie has information on questions about the possibility of election fraud in Canada. It's good to know that the folks up north have problems keeping track of their ballots, too.

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Blogger Lone Pony said...

Bob, AGAIN, thanks for the common sense you seem to stir into everything!

8:09 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I hope Canada succeeds in liberating themselves from their liberal masters. Even if they win, the libs still have a lock on the courts so it will be a long hard fight. They are worse off than we were in the early 80s when conservatives in America finally started fighting back in significant numbers.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great post. Through visiting Canadian blogs I am much more aware of Canadian politics and it has been interesting.

I love this because where is Alec Baldwin and company going to go if the Conservatives win in Canada? :-)

1:11 PM  
Blogger Ogilvie said...

Let me say, as a Canadian, that you've got a pretty good handle on it all. Right now, incidentally, the governing Liberals are running an attack ad which says 'A Vote for Harper (the Conservative leader) will put a smile on George Bush's face'--an attempt to cash in on anti-Bush sentiment in Canada. It's hard to believe that a Canadian prime minister would run an ad like that, which slights his country's closest friend and ally.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Oglivie, thanks for visiting, and did you notice, no GST on my blog :) If I read a few papers it seems even Quebec isn't buying this line anymore, any truth to that?

LP & LMC-Thanks for the kind words. I think any semi-coherent person could figure out eventually this tact would lose appeal up north. It was a matter of how long.

Shoprat - I've actually been kind of heartened that their courts have been willing to take on the socialized medical system, it tells me there is hope even on that front for the Canadians.

3:17 PM  
Blogger ed_in_cda said...

Thanks for not jumping to conclusions about the silent majority here in Canada. Most of us would prefer not to have a blatantly corrupt government that's been at the trough so long that it's saying: "Smell? What smell....."

And thank you America for helping to save the lives of the Canadian soldiers who were injured in Afghanistan recently.

Hopefully common sense will prevail across our unique border. In this day and age, good neighbours are hard to find.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Ed, I hope common sense prevails too.

There's nothing that says we have to constantly agree as neighbors, but just like South Parks "Blame Canada" was in bad taste, so is some of the stuff comign from the north.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I have a theory about Canada....

It originally was populated by Loyalists who went there either during or right after the Revolutionary War.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. draft-dodgers relocated there.

I don't know about the wars in between those two - but I suspect Canada has been a refuge for draft-dodgers since the Rev War.

Then, take into consideration that there's a strong French heritage there.

So Canadians are primarily descendants of U.S. draft-dodgers and the French.

I think that explains a lot ...

What do you think?


11:31 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Thanks for reminding me about this...I had forgot that this was coming up. Yeah, Hollywood loves Canada...and they are taking over places for making movies there too. Did not know about the Michael Moore letter. (LOL) What a joke, like they care about him.

Finally Fox News is being broadcast there. My former business partner lives in Toronto, but from Italy. That country has definitely been liberal as long as I can remember. Hopefully the tides will turn w/ this election.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

As a Canadian (who went to college in the US), I think Canadians are obsessed about the United States. We pay attention to the US just so we can think to ourselves "we're better than them." My bet is that more Canadians know about the US Supreme Court vacancy than the Supreme Court of Canada vacancy. Meanwhile, we are aware the US is much more powerful than us and it's important our leaders "stand up" to America. We're afraid. So Canadians focus on bashing the US (for the sake of psychological gains) as opposed to working at addressing our problems (like low labour force productivity, waning international influence).

Anyway, it's definitely dirty up here. To keep the deputy PM from losing, the Liberals seem to have registered phantom voters. Good thing it was fixed:

12:12 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Beth, that's an interesting theory, though it looks like a bunch of folks are about to prove it wrong.

Johnathon, I never did get obsessions like that one. Each country is unique, and has it's own unique strengths and weaknesses as a culture. There are things about Canada I'd love to have here (Strip clubs where you aren't allowed to tip the dancers!), and I'm sure there is stuff here you folks would like. But it doesn't make either country better, or worse than the other.

Hell, if we all ended up the same there'd be no reason for tourism.

11:40 AM  

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