The recent Canadian election probably didn’t register on radar screens outside of Canada. Hell, most Canadians barely noticed.
We had an election because the minority government we’d had for two years was no longer working. We voted for essentially the same government. Because Canadians like government to have its hands tied. There’s only so much damage you can do as government if you have to talk one of the opposition parties into supporting any and all bills you want to get through Parliament.
The Liberals’ inability to take seats from the (exceedingly unpopular) governing party was placed at the feet of one man, the Leader they elected.
He’s man with a hearing problem, a speech impediment, and English as a second language. For all of his faults and his failure to inspire confidence in the electorate, he’s still the one I’d pick as Prime Minister.
Here’s why: he’s not a lawyer, not a fat overbearing Republican wannabe. He doesn’t have a way with words. He’s an awkward, sincere, smart man, in other words quintessentially the Canadian part of us that the world knows and respects.
As well, as Harper well knows but would love to convince us otherwise: we do not vote for a president, we vote for a Parliament. If you have the confidence of the Parliament, you can be Prime Minister. It’s not a prize for the guy with the biggest…. political party. We find out Monday for certain, but indications are Harper has lost the confidence of the House. On the other hand, there is a good amount of ideological common ground between the three parties on the left, including the Bloc. Dion has been able to parlay that into a proposal for a coalition. It won’t last forever, but it might keep us away from the polls for a year or two. This is the most democratic outcome possible from a Parliamentary democracy.
The deal between the Liberals and the NDP may just give us the Prime Minister we deserve.
Other reasons to bring down the government:
Harper is an idiot. This is not opinion. Only an idiot would appoint a purveyor of medical wibble as Minster of Science and Technology. Gary Goodyear, Chiropractor and Certified Acupuncturist, if he really buys into the woo that he foists upon his clients, wouldn’t know scientific method if it bit him on the ass.
And if he doesn’t, well, that makes him pretty damn dishonest. But what do you expect from a politician?
Thanks to Pharyngula for pointing that out.