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A Canadian Electoral Primer

An object lesson for western democracies.

by
David Solway

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March 27, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Like every other nation in the world, Canada has its delicate sufficiency of problems. It suffers from a growing Muslim demographic and the cultural tensions this brings in its wake; is home to a potent eco-constituency that has bought into the Global Warming canard; shelters a plethora of misnamed Human Rights Commissions that are nothing more than kangaroo courts designed to stifle honest debate on the grounds that such may cause offense to “vulnerable” (or alternatively, “protected”) communities or individuals; harbors a persistent secessionary movement in the province of Quebec; boasts a Supreme Court filled to the brim with superannuated, politically correct apparatchiks who have no compunction about unanimously legislating against both the theory and practice of free speech; tolerates an aboriginal racket that exploits the country’s bad conscience and whose band chiefs prosper obscenely at taxpayers’ expense, thanks to an obsolete Indian Act; subsidizes a left-leaning national broadcaster, the CBC, that can always be counted on to slant the news in favor of a “progressivist” agenda; and, most alarmingly, comprises a vacillating, increasingly miseducated and credulous electorate that tends not to know where its best interests lie.

And, like any other country, Canada needs sane, responsible and principled governance, a “quantity” largely absent from this world. Although blessed by the advantages that accrue to a functioning electoral system, a comparatively virile economy, an abundance of natural resources, a decent and generous heritage culture, and friendly relations with its powerful southern neighbor in the modern era (post 1812-1814), Canadians should take a hard look at the current political map if they wish to avoid the worst of the economic and social stresses afflicting the U.S. and much of Europe.

Of Canada’s five national parties, two are presently insignificant — the Green Party with one parliamentary seat and the separatist Bloc Québécois with five (down from 47 at Parliament’s dissolution in 2011). The three major parties — the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party (NDP), and the governing Conservative Party of Canada — remain in constant contention. Each of these parties, of course, is defined, shaped and colored by the personality of its leader. Let us consider what the leader — or in one case, the potential leader — of each of the dominant parties has going for him.

Thomas Mulcair, who heads the NDP enjoys: the mantle of the late Jack Layton, who as former leader cleverly played the role of hero of the common man (a street has been named after him in Toronto); a party history of liberal socialism that attracts many Canadians; a robust foundation among Quebec nationalists, the NDP having profited from the collapse of the sovereignist Bloc Québécois to win 59 out of 75 Quebec ridings in the 2011 election; the parliamentary status of Official Opposition, its total of 103 seats (diminishing now with defections) second only to the Conservatives 163 (as of 2012); and the vote-rich endorsement of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

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Sadly, we in America have this reciprocal in common with our brethren in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The arts, academia, and the media always, without exception, embraces a leftist agenda. Worldwide the record of the left has never yielded anything but failure, sometimes truly grotesque failure, but it draws the embrace of the arts-academia-media cabal like a magnet. I doubt that it will be possible to live long enough to completely understand why the “intelligentsia” of the most successful nations on the planet are drawn to such stupidity and ignorance.

Very good summation, author Solway.
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Canada, although seemingly a prosperous nation, lacks a core identity, and is more of an economy than a nation. Their cherished value of tolerance comes at the expense of individual rights and allows for the erosion of whatever distinct culture they have.
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To Conservacanuck , Canada was born in fields of Europe during the the WWI, at palces like Ypres, and Vimy (very large monument to what Canada did when France and England could not.)

By the way the Jack Layton Roadway is short and only goes to a major jail/prison in Toronto. Speaks for itself.
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The Bloc Quebecois is a "National" Party? News to me.
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I agree that Stephen Harper is the best of the lot. (I do have one reservation, which I am almost reluctant to mention, but I'll do so briefly. It is his policies with respect to China. I think his policies are dangerous, and ultimately not in the best interest of Canada).
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"According to surveys, 68% of my countrymen would vote for Obama if he were contesting a Canadian election."

David, sometimes gender-neutral language won't do.

And BTW, Justin's turn as a drama teacher was in a private, not public, school in a wealthy Vancouver enclave. Public schools hereabout are largely an NDP culture. Liberal voters tend to be or identify with wealthy urban elitists, which is why a merger is unlikely. Liberals do not want to join the ranks of the unionized and socially suspect.
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Blows my mind that almost 70% of Canadians would vote for Obama in a Canadian election. Why? He's done nothing but harm America and everything else he's touched in the world. What is wrong with us white Europeans???
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Great article!!!
Until the electorates' votes are controlled and counted by peoples of honest integrity and voter id is mandatory mass fraud will continue, peoples right to vote are exploited and will continue to be exploited; elections manipulated. These may be only part of the electroates' problems but no doubt they are huge problems -- which needs desperately to be made a trust worthy process. Also I think ~internet voting~ should not an option and probably never a option. The election process is being attacked more and more every election cycle. Our existing processes need to be fixed. We do not need another election problem that will have greater potential for fraud and hacking. There is a reason for human counting by pairs of two (one each of both parties). Outside computer voting machine are out sourcing unfornately not owned or operated bi-partisans.
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Sadly, we in America have this reciprocal in common with our brethren in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The arts, academia, and the media always, without exception, embraces a leftist agenda. Worldwide the record of the left has never yielded anything but failure, sometimes truly grotesque failure, but it draws the embrace of the arts-academia-media cabal like a magnet. I doubt that it will be possible to live long enough to completely understand why the “intelligentsia” of the most successful nations on the planet are drawn to such stupidity and ignorance.

Very good summation, author Solway.
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It's a matter of whose on top of the heap. even if it's a smaller heap.
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Whups. "who's"
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Canada, although seemingly a prosperous nation, lacks a core identity, and is more of an economy than a nation. Their cherished value of tolerance comes at the expense of individual rights and allows for the erosion of whatever distinct culture they have.
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I agree with you on that. Canada was not born in blood like America was. I marvel at the patriotism that I see when I travel to the US. Since Stephen Harper has been the PM, I have seen more Canadian flags flying. His record at the UN puts America to shame. The tightening hold that government has on the peoples of America today makes Canada look like a Libertarian state by contrast.
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As an American who believes our electorate has gone nuts and sees our future as the world's greatest fiscal and educational basket case, I tend to agree with you. But then....the Mark Steyn type of experiences with the human-rights tribunals, the First Nation fiascos, and your nationalized health care failings aren't much to be too proud of either.
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