Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Conservative Majority: Why Canada Why?

Well that marks a Tory majority and it only took a 60% turnout on the part of Canadians to saddle us with the sweater vest until 2015. It was expected that the turnout would be high because of the advanced polls, but unfortunately, that was not the case.  The higher the density, the more likely a left government will result. Once again this has proven true with the resulting Tory majority. 60% is a low density rate, and it is enough for me to start to wonder if mandatory voting should be a necessity, because so many seem to take their civic responsibility lightly.

I highly suspect that the next few years are going to be tough for the poor and working class people.  The only upside to this situation, is that for the first time in history, The NDP is the official opposition and we finally have a member of The Green Party in parliament. The BQ has lost official party status and this is the worst showing for the Liberals since confederation. Both Iggy and Duceppe lost their own seats and Duceppe has stepped down as the official leader for the BQ.   For me, the Tory majority is a double bind, because I once again have a Tory MP. There is even a discussion as to whether or not the Liberals and the NDP will merge.

When the shit hits the fan, which it inevitably will with a Tory majority, at least I can take comfort in the fact that I did not vote for them.  I highly suspect the sweater vest will quickly get rid of the gun registry.  Who cares if we have to register dogs and cars, we cannot possibly register guns.  That is the Tory logic that Canadians decided to support.  I know that many saw him as Bush light, but once again, I suspect that now that Harper has finally achieved his long sought after majority, there will be no doubt about this.

Were you happy with the election results and do you feel that the NDP functioning as the official opposition will be able to keep the Torys from drifting completely into their right wing wonderland? How do you feel about the possibility of the Liberals and the NDP merging into one party?

Update: Iggy has officially stepped down as the leader of the liberals.   From the way that Bob Rae was licking his lips this morning on the news I suspect he will be next in line.  I don't think that Rae is a good direction for the liberals to turn to if they really want change but at least we can all be thankful that he is no longer NDP.