Canadian Politics 101

 

Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses with his cabinet after their swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa
Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (bottom row C) poses with his cabinet after their swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

I’ve had some interesting conversations with Americans about the new Canadian government. Did you know that:

  1. Justin Trudeau is a Communist
  2. That Justin is going to follow in his father’s footsteps to make Quebec an independent country.
  3. That Justin Trudeau is a Maoist.
  4. That Justin Trudeau is a pretty boy, being run by his father’s partisans.
  5. That Justin Trudeau has signed onto the New World Order and is actively conspiring to help the United Nations takeover the United States.
  6. That Justin Trudeau already has a deal with Hillary Clinton to turn the U.S. and Canada into a single Socialist country.

I could go on, but I think my Canadian readers will get the picture. A fair number of Americans are showing an incredible level of paranoia. They also have no understanding of how our parliamentary system works, and the checks and balances that keep a Prime Minister under a level of control that no American President has ever had to deal with.

Yes, the Stephen Harper government made itself extremely unpopular, so unpopular that voter turnout rose substantially. While the Conservative percentage of the vote dropped, their total number of votes was fairly close to the total number of votes that they gained in the election prior.

Conservative supporters didn’t abandon the Conservative Party. The problem that the Conservatives had was that many voters who had skipped the last election voted in 2015.

As to campaign promises…

No government since Confederation has ever delivered on all their campaign promises. Sometimes they find that they can’t. Take the Liberal promise to spend money on infrastructure, a laudable idea, and one which will pay off long term. The promise was based on economic reports, which are no longer valid. The deficit was supposed to have been erased, and once in office, the Liberals found out that it wasn’t.

That may cause the Liberals to rethink their promise. Or it might now. We don’t know yet.

We need to give the Liberals some time, and see what they really manage to do.

Oh, and don’t forget to call your Member of Parliament, and nag them politely about Bill C-51. Tell him or her, that Bill C-51 needs to be rescinded. Now.

Regards

Wayne Borean

Tuesday December 1, 2015

 

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