" A Conservative is someone who thinks that nothing should be done for the first time." - unknown
take that back, i'm already dehydrating from all the tears!!
But you know what kills me almost as much as the fact of their win? The utter apathy of every I talk to about it. Today I was expecting that we (the people I work with, in my life, etc...) could at least commiserate about our fate but everyone just kind of raises an eyebrow at me and goes, meh? I feel like most of the people I know got a labotomy when they cast their vote, which had rendered them completely unable to care about anything anymore. I wore black today to commemorate the sad occasion.
Geez, I wonder if I should be insulted that you question the existence a spine in the rest of the Canadian population that we would roll over and take it politely when the neighbour comes knocking.The conservatives are definitely more corporate-minded which could improving our failing friendship with the States. But I think they will have more resistance to the States when they try to screw us over again. The Liberals put up a minimal fight over the softwood lumber and Mad Cow. Harper wants to build up our own military so that if doomsday ever comes we won't have to rely on the States to fight for us.
I don't think he was suggesting that the US would literally try to annex Canada. Just more or less bully the government into things they would otherwise not enjoy..."Invade Iraq again, sure why not!"
my concerns about this whole mess have more to do with social policy... though the health care system needs an overhaul i'm not sure a conservative gov't would salvage it in a way that would benefit the country. then there's that whole gay marriage debate which is over and done with and should not be resurrected (though i do believe he backpedalled after saying he would revisit it due to much centrist uproar). as for canuck-yank relations, i wonder whether disputes like softwood lumber would be easier with a more congenial PM-Bush relationship or harder ("hey buddy, we're keeping the money, let's go fishin'!" "err... okay..."). his tax plan is also, to use a highly academic term, 'el stinko'. ladybug, you know what's worse about the apathy?? he doesn't have much of a mandate to do much, so all in all it'll probably be a pretty 'meh' government doing enough of nothing that when the next election rolls around, that same apathetic core of the population will go "well, they didn't put us in the toilet last time, i guess he's okay..." and vote for his ass again. i hope for all our sakes the Liberals find a good leader before then...i'm exhausted :P
Exactly Lividia. Harper kept talking about how even if he won it'd be a minority government, and that the Liberals would be over their shoulder the whole time. So they'll follow the rules for now *until* they get the chance to go crazy. Although I didn't encounter much apathy, more tired-irritation with the status quo, and the main opposition, voting for the lesser evil. I get the feeling, as far as social reforms go, they're going to keep revisiting issues in a variety of ways until they get the outcome they want. I'm also curious to see who is pulling Harpers' strings, because him and some of his fellow Conservatives sound like they're reading off a collective script.
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