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Old 03-25-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Canada heads to the polls

Looking like a May 2 election, after Parliament is likely to be dissolved tomorrow.

I don't think it will change much of anything, and we'll be stuck with the status quo.

Government's defeat sets up election call - Politics - CBC News
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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Yeah, we're going from a conservative minority government to......a conservative minority government.

For our American friends:
Parliamentary system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx...imit_tp&lang=e
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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Maybe you'll end up with a hung parliament... seems to be in vogue amongst commonwealth nations of late
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:55 PM   #4
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Maybe you'll end up with a hung parliament... seems to be in vogue amongst commonwealth nations of late
It's already hung.

We're going for double-hung

Canada basically has one right-of-centre party at the moment, and the rest of them are splitting the votes between the rational people in the rest of the country.

When I say right-of-centre party, that's 'right' for the rest of the Western world, not wacky U.S. 'right'. Slightly less 'right' than Aussie 'right'.
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Oh goodie, another election with no real result. Bleh.
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ohh right. so you're doing what we didn't do and going back to the polls? or has Canada been hung this past term?

all the left/right/wing/conservatives/liberals speak goes right over my head.
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Yay.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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ohh right. so you're doing what we didn't do and going back to the polls? or has Canada been hung this past term?

all the left/right/wing/conservatives/liberals speak goes right over my head.

Canada has had a minority parliament since 2004. This will be the fourth election since that time.
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I can't in good conscience cast a vote for Harper, Ignatieff, or Layton, unless one them really heightens the level of debate in this country (extremely unlikely)
So it'll be some fringe party for me most likely.

Canadian politics is thoroughly depressing. There needs to be a general over-haul of the whole system, in my opinion. Perhaps a move towards a parliamentary republic would be a good place to start. And then perhaps an adoption of proportional representation, to hopefully place more weight on a vote
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Canadian politics is thoroughly depressing. There needs to be a general over-haul of the whole system, in my opinion. Perhaps a move towards a parliamentary republic would be a good place to start. And then perhaps an adoption of proportional representation, to hopefully place more weight on a vote
You would have more minority governments and more parties with proportional representation.
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Pretty uninspiring election, if you ask me. It'll still be interesting to watch Harper and Ignatieff battle it out during the debates.
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yes, perhaps, but I don't mind those things per se.
I'd like to see more debate around it at least.
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May 2nd it is.

Five weeks is a short campaign; Harper seems to be betting that his current lead will last until election day. It probably will, but crazier things have happened before (wink wink Kim Campbell).
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Canadian politics is thoroughly depressing.
More like thoroughly boring, and that's the way I want it to say.

U.S. politics is exciting, you don't want that BS here, do you?
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More like thoroughly boring, and that's the way I want it to say.

U.S. politics is exciting, you don't want that BS here, do you?
No shit. I've had enough political excitement for a lifetime.


I'm happy to watch Canada
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