May 3, 2011

Canadian Election Results 101 For Americans

I'd like to take the time to explain it myself in more detail, but BBC News does an excellent job of touching on all the high points of the election that saw a Canadian Conservative party majority government for the first time since the 1980's.

If you are interested in why Canada is slowly leaning more right, start here.  It's an excellent high level explanation. The only thing I would add is that Canada, under Prime Minister Harper has weathered the 2008 recession much better than other G20 economies.  The stimulus effort was muted compared to the U.S. and almost done as an obligatory "yeah, we're doing something" effort.  Now the conservatives can return to their conservative efforts less impeded my a minority status.  Those efforts include efforts  to lower corporate and personal taxes, continued oil product, and a commitment to stronger national defense - including a continued combat role in Afghanistan unlike many coalition partners.


  1. Great news, I just posted on the massive win myself! Way to go Canada!!!

  2. It's a double edged sword. The opposition has no pretense about being liberal now. They are full on socialists. That's good if people know what it means, but a lot of people in Canada, as in the U.S., are asleep on the implications of a socialist government. We had one in the 1990's in the province of Ontario and it was brutally bad.

    Still, I'm much happier than I was about it two days ago when the Conservative party was a parliamentary minority.

    I'll check out your post later today. I have to get back to work now.


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