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Canada votes...yet another conservative minority government. by Lounge Trekker on 15 October 2008 3:52am
 
What a joy! I haven't lined up to wait for anything for several years. Tonight, I waited my turn to get into the polling station.

I cast my ballot, rode my bicycle home, turned on the TV to find out who won the election. Yes, four time zones require western blackouts to keep this info from us so as to prevent premature information from influencing gullible B.C. residents. When the polls closed in B.C. we heard the news that the conservatives are stuck with another minority government.

Good news for the whole planet. Yet we think about the Harper Conservatives getting 37.5% of the vote, yet forming the government.

Lounge Leftie
 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by kazzzz on 15 October 2008 4:01am
 
Nice one Pierre, sounds good :)
 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by tucsonmike on 15 October 2008 4:30am
 
LOL! Pete, @ least your elections are quick and over. I have...election fatigue
 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by Lounge Trekker on 15 October 2008 4:41am
 
ditto
 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by Lounge Trekker on 15 October 2008 4:42am
 
The election was only announced a month ago Mike, so yes, a Canadian election can be quick and painless. Few people not directly involved talk about it unless a TV dweeb is pushing a microphone in his face. We have the unenviable reality of voting for local representation, but in the west, getting little federal attention.

The best news is that we can continue to address The Right Honourable Steven Harper as Mr. Prime Minister, not Your Majesty.

Lounge Politico

 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by kazzzz on 15 October 2008 4:45am
 
We all do Mike,bloody sick to death of it.
 
Re: Canada votes...another conservative minority government. by Lounge Trekker on 15 October 2008 4:48am
 
Watching a little of the last presidential debate in the US election it was apparent that even those two guys were running out of interesting things to say.

Earplugged Trekker
 
Re: Canada votes...yet another conservative minority government. by mrsteabag on 15 October 2008 4:13pm
 
Well, Trekker, at least it's over with for you until next time. I ordered the New Europe DVD's for my b-day last week...please, God, let them get here today. I tried to watch the last debate. Really. BOR-RING!! Time to dig out my "Wouldn't You Really Rather Vote for Kermit the Frog?" button.
 
Re: Canada votes...yet another conservative minority government. by Lounge Trekker on 15 October 2008 5:06pm
 
It's not over in Canada in terms of hearing what the partisan publication departments want us to hear. If you only listen to the headlines and follow only the top stories you will become brainwashed by the 'issues' 'they' want publicized. All the info on the actions within the house can be seen, if you get information, not 'news'.

A minority government can be better for people all over the country. The Members of Parliament governing the party need to influence the decisions of other non-governing Members on the opposition side of the House. This keeps them a little more honest and true to their obligation to be fair to all Canadians.

Steven Harper has actually done quite well getting Bills passed during his time as Prime Minister. I didn't always agree, but each piece of legislation was approved by the majority of Members. A majority leader only needs enough Members to attend in order to win each vote...and shout down those in opposition during question period. Verbal decorum is apparently ignored during this time on the floor of the House.

It is easy to get cynical when thinking too much about this. I just try not to watch much TV news. I keep track of the activities in the House (sporadically) and speak up about (a few) trend-setting policies with respectful e-mail, but the news can be misleading.

Free Trekker
 
Re: Canada votes...yet another conservative minority government. by mrsthing on 15 October 2008 6:26pm
 
The media can be misleading here, too--and influence the election pretty heavily. They sometimes make it seem as if the entire election rests on one particular issue, only to change their minds after the furor dies down. But there are so many lies and half-truths out there that I tend to trust my gut more than my head, though I try to use both when deciding how to vote.
 
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