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Conservatives Win Big In Canada‎

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper led his Conservative Party to a smashing victory and majority status yesterday in Canada’s parliamentary elections.  Harper’s Conservatives have been governing Canada successfully as a minority government for the past five years.

While the United States has been roiled by economic troubles and out-of-control government spending and borrowing, Harper’s government has pursued policies that have kept the Canadian dollar sound and the nation’s economy on solid footing. 
Canadian voters gave the conservatives a majority based on its strong performance during a time of global economic crisis.  Conservatives needed 155 seats in the Canadian Parliament’s lower house to win a majority.  Latest results have Conservatives capturing 167 seats. 

Majority status means that Harper and the Conservatives will have a freer hand to pursue government and economic reforms that weren’t possible as a minority governing party.

Of note, the Liberal Party, traditionally Canada’s dominate party, suffered heavy losses, along with Bloc Québécois, which only scratched four seats in Parliament. 

The New Democratic Party – a hard left and union amalgam – surged to the principle opposition in the lower house, pulling 105 seats. 

Harper’s Conservatives should show the way for Republicans in next year’s U.S. elections.  Conservatives have offered Canadians sober, sensible approaches to Canada’s problems that have translated into sound policies. 

Obama’s ‘08 sizzle, soaring rhetoric, and dreamy utopian platitudes aren’t the stuff voters look for when facing tough problems and hard times.  Principled, solution-oriented proposals, less and more responsible government, are what concerned American voters will seek in 2012.

(Source: American Thinker)

6 Responses

  1. The left wing parties ended up with a majority of the popular vote. Canada (like the UK) have several parties and a “first past the post” system that allows for someone to win a landslide with a distinct minority of the popular vote (the US isn’t as bad, since we have only two major parties). The fact that the “New Democrats” (a far left party) surged suggests that perhaps this isn’t part of a right-ward trend.

  2. It just means that the Liberals are like the old Labor in EY – discredited and superannuated. The trend is rightward (especially as Canadians see how much better they are doing under Harper than their southern neighbors are doing under Obama), but this New Democrat party is just a fleeting party of malcontents that absorbed votes from Quebec separatists and other flotsam and jetsam.

  3. Layton’s gains were in Quebec, where people there got sick of the nationalist agenda and just want to get on with their lives. The Conservatives wouldn’t have had much there anyway. Historically there’s been cold feelings, if not outright ignorance of each other, between the conservative party and French canada.

  4. This is fantastic news. PM Harper and the conservative party are friends of the Jews and of Israel despite the fact that this is against his political best interests. Canada has been economically stable through the recession (although this is mostly because of the high demand for Canadian natural resources and Liberal tight banking regulations). He promises to be tough on crime. He has tightened the US-Canada alliance. His biggest problem is a lack of transparency in government. The NDP has many faults, but I do agree with much of their net-neutrality ideas.

  5. The Conservative Party in Canada is to the left of the Democratic Party in the United States on many issues, including financial services regulation, national health insurance, and the size of the military. The big news seems to be the total collapse of the Separatists in Quebec, which is probably good for anyone who thinks Canada should remain one country.

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