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Canada’s Election · Our pol­i­tics haven’t his­tor­i­cal­ly been fa­mous for grip­ping dra­ma; af­ter al­l, the na­tion­al mot­to is “Peace, Order, and good Government”. But the cur­rent edi­tion is get­ting re­al­ly in­ter­est­ing. I’m nei­ther ter­ri­bly en­thu­si­as­tic nor dis­il­lu­sioned about our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, a typ­i­cal first-past-the-post Par­lia­men­tary elect­ed dic­ta­tor­ship. One thing, though, is ab­so­lute­ly won­der­ful: our elec­tions are over in a few week­s. The cur­rent edi­tion, with the Christ­mas break in the mid­dle, is un­usu­al­ly long. I had to feel sor­ry for the politi­cos out cam­paign­ing in De­cem­ber; not on­ly is the weath­er bru­tal, but in most of the coun­try, most of the vot­ers were busy get­ting ready for Christ­mas and thus to­tal­ly not pay­ing at­ten­tion. If you want to fol­low, I find that journoblog­ger An­drew Coyne pro­vides a good vantage-point on the cam­paign. What’s hap­pen­ing is that the Lib­er­al­s, of­ten re­gard­ed as the Nat­u­ral Govern­ing Par­ty, have fall­en be­hind in the poll­s. The Con­ser­va­tives (“Tories”) have done poor­ly in re­cent elec­tions be­cause the Lib­er­als suc­cess­ful­ly paint­ed them in scary GOP-clone colours, cre­at­ing fear that they’d pri­va­tize health­care, ban abor­tion, op­press gays, end gun con­trol, get us in­to Repub­li­can wars, and shut down im­mi­gra­tion. They were helped by the fact that the Tories had a few out­spo­ken di­nosaurs who ap­par­ent­ly want­ed to do pre­cise­ly those things. This time, there are two big dif­fer­ences. First, most of the coun­try is re­al­ly, re­al­ly ir­ri­tat­ed at the Lib­er­als for their long-time cul­ture of in­sid­er pa­tron­age and for re­cent­ly hav­ing been caught en­gag­ing in overt bribery and kick­back­s. In fac­t, if they hadn’t been do­ing a rea­son­ably com­pe­tent job of run­ning the coun­try, they’d be on their way to the po­lit­i­cal grave­yard. Se­cond, the Tories have their right-wing cra­zies firm­ly un­der con­trol and are sound­ing level-headed, sen­si­ble, and un-radical. It looks like the vot­ers may well give ’em a chance. Mind you, there are still 16 days of cam­paign­ing and a lot can change.
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