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jim3775 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-05 08:30 AM
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8. Here is my take on the situation
Edited on Wed Nov-30-05 08:31 AM by jim3775
I've heard that the Canadian CONS are ideologically on par with the mainstream American Democratic party. I watched the CON party convention, they are desperately trying to look more liberal to some Canadians and more conservative to other Canadians. They voted against adopting an anti-abortion view, but they publicly speak out against same-sex marriage. They are for large tax cuts (mostly for corporations) and privatizing heath care (and just about everything else). Some are very conservative (Stockwell Day) others are not (David Orchard).

There is a chance they could get elected but with Stephen Harper as party leader I expect the government to go the way of Joe Clark, it wouldn't surprise me if Harper only lasted 90 days.

The mood of the electorate is very different in many different places, in francophone Quebec the mood is "fuck the liberals" in Alberta there is about 20%-35% of the population who's opinion is "fuck Canada, we should separate, why should those socialists get any of my money!" -that is the conservative base. My prediction is that voter apathy will run high this election, where it runs the highest might determine the winner.

There are a lot of coulds in this election; the NDP could pick up 15-20 seats and create a new progressive coalition government, the Liberals could pick up 4 seats in Quebec, the Liberals could win a majority, the Conservatives could win a minority. Right now any of those things are possible.

I heard an interesting theory, Peter McKay and his supporters want Harper to lose this time around so he can replace Harper and they can put up a real fight with McKay at the helm for the next election.
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