Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Elections Canada 2006: my expectations

If you, by a chance, happen not have followed what's going on in Trudeaupia it seems that Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is poised to win the upcoming, January 23, parliamentry elections.

It's most likely that there'll be a Conservative minority government as a result. However, I hope for a majority one. I heard Harper warning today that even in the case of such unlikely event his powers won't be absolute as there will be enough checks and balances on him inherited from the previous Liberal era. I don't know what to make of it:
was he trying to play down fears regarding the 'horrors' of a conservative majority?
Or the message was directed at those conservative forces who expect too much and are bracing for a sweet revenge?

There Liberal Hedy Fry is battling the thieving Svend Robinson. I wrote about it when the campaign started and called it a battle of "alien vs. predator".
Since Liberals are losing anyway now I can be more decisive - I'd exteremely happy to see Robinson lose. In fact, I'd be very upset if he wins.

Ann the Landslide McLellan. I want her to lose and not just because she's a Liberal.
to me she embodies the most dangerous type of a Liberal: smart and powerful she's the woman of action rather than words but her beliefs are frigthening - she's done more harm to fathers' rights than any bra-burning femi-nazi ever could.


At 11:28 AM, Anonymous CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

Still think that Harper is not intent on making radical changes to Canada?
Then read these extracts from today’s newspapers:
“For some time to come” ....
Stephen Harper moved to reassure wary voters yesterday that a Liberal-dominated Senate, judiciary and civil service would provide plenty of checks and balances should his party walk away with a majority next Monday.
"The reality is that we will have, for some time to come, a Liberal Senate, a Liberal civil service -- at least senior levels have been appointed by the Liberals -- and courts that have been appointed by the Liberals," Mr. Harper said.
"So these are obviously checks on the power of a Conservative government."

Power to stack the Senate (as Mulroney did):
Mr. Harper could accelerate the switch to Conservative control by using special powers that allow a government to appoint extra senators -- Mr. Mulroney added eight to pass the goods and services tax -- but this could trigger a political backlash.
Senator Jack Austin, the Liberal Government Leader in the Senate, declined to talk yesterday about how his party would operate in the Red Chamber should the Conservatives take power.

And Tories muzzle their extremists:

Jim Hughes, of the Campaign Life Coalition, said yesterday that he loved Ms. Gallant's attacks against abortion in 2004.
"I thought it was great, I thought it was fantastic," he said in an interview.
Mr. Hughes said that this time around, the Conservative Party has clamped down and muzzled its candidates, "hurting our democratic rights."
"They are less open than they have been in the past because they've never been on the verge of such a victory," he said. "It's great politicking on their part."

So, still think there isn’t a hidden agenda?
Wake up, Canada.

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Oleksa said...

So, still think there isn’t a hidden agenda?
Wake up, Canada.

are you talking to me or just trolling?

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S. citizen here, looking forward to the Gov'ts of our nations coming closer together. It does surprise me a bit that the momentum of global and local politics contradicts the portrayal of anti-conservative-U.S. sentiment. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this, perhaps pending the results of the election.

Cheers for a conservative victory!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Oleksa said...

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this, perhaps pending the results of the election.

Cheers for a conservative victory!

Well, I hope so too as one can figure out upon reading my blog. :-)
As to "two nations coming together" as a consequence of a Conservative victory, don't expect too much. As much as I'm familiar with the US political spectrum, Harper would be somewhat a right-centre Democrat down South. The Canadian media, which is mostly small "l" liberal, can't wait to start throwing accusations that Harper's government is getting too 'cozy' with the Americans. Having said that, I do hope that at least the CPC government will avoid those mindless, stupid anti-American antics that were a staple political trick of the Liberals.


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