Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Well, Harper pulled it off...barely. After running a nearly flawless campaign, picking up over 36% of the popular vote, and securing a respectable foothold in Quebec, the Tories still only managed a 21 seat margin over the imploding Liberals. How is that possible? You'll have to ask that question of voters from, where else, Ontario. They flirted with Harper only long enough to skew the pre-election day polling numbers. In the end, Ontarians were spooked by the prospect of electing the "Scary Christians from Calgary", though they did begrudgingly throw 40 ridings Harper's way. Hey, it's a start, I guess. Mass hysterical lunacy is apparently a difficult affliction to overcome.


At 1/24/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger Eddie said...

It is hard for me to understand the parliamentary government and the concept of a "no confidence" vote. Isn't that kind of like polling an electorate during the middle of a term?

The second question I have is this: what kind of hair spray does Stephen Harper use in order to get his hair so perfectly planted?

At 1/25/2006 8:54 AM, Blogger Ace said...

In a way, yes. But one must keep in mind that a "term" in a parliamentary system is a fluid concept, particularly when the party in power has a tenuous minority. One could make the argument it's a good thing; if the ruling party was elected with 36% support, they should be prepared to face the electorate in short order should they attempt to pursue an unpopular agenda under the guise of a broad "mandate".

Harper's hair had to be coifed securely. Some people vote on the silliest of things, and a bad hair day could be disaster in a tight election where every single vote counts.

At 1/25/2006 9:02 AM, Blogger BACdanielle said...

Did you vote by absentee ballot?

At 1/25/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger Ace said...

No. The Canadian government enacted rules that bars ex-patriate citizens who've been out of the country for more than 5 years from voting, unless they sign an affidavit stating a genuine intention to return some day. Knowing how freely the bureaucracy up there shares info with Revenue Dept., I'm reluctant to sign such a document for fear of being nailed with 8 years of back taxes.

I'm a big fan of the adage, "if you don't vote, you can't complain", but when the government effectively prevents you from voting, I consider that a valid exception to the rule.


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