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Canadian Conservatives Win In A Blowout

From a distraught Associated Press:

Canada’s Conservatives win coveted majority

By Rob Gillies, Associated Press
May 3, 2011

TORONTO – Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his coveted majority government in elections that changed Canada’s political landscape, with the opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a shattering defeat.

Harper, who took office in 2006, has won two elections but until Monday’s vote had never held a majority of Parliament’s 308 seats, forcing him to rely on the opposition to pass legislation.

Harper has deliberately avoided sweeping policy changes that could derail his government, but now has an opportunity to pass any legislation he wants with his new majority.

While Harper’s hold on Parliament has been tenuous during his five-year tenure, he has managed to nudge an instinctively center-left country to the right. He has gradually lowered sales and corporate taxes, avoided climate change legislation that would harm Alberta’s oil sands sector, promoted Arctic sovereignty, upped military spending and extended Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. He has also staunchly backed Israel’s right-wing government.

Clearly he is a dangerous lunatic. Almost ‘Tea Party’ crazy.

Elections Canada reported results on its website, giving the Conservatives 167 seats, which will give Harper four years of uninterrupted government

Former colleagues of Harper say his long-term goals are to shatter the image of the Liberals — the party of former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien, Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau — as the natural party of government in Canada, and to redefine what it means to be Canadian.

Harper, who comes from the conservative western province of Alberta, took a major step toward that goal on Monday night as the Liberals suffered their worst defeat in Canadian history — dropping to 34 seats from 77

Ignatieff, a 63-year-old former Harvard professor, was unable to overcome the Conservative attacks and inspire voters.

The voters rejected a former Harvard professor? What an outrage!

Lawrence Martin, a political columnist for The Globe and Mail newspaper and author of "Harperland: The Politics of Control," calls Harper "the most autocratic and partisan prime minister Canada has ever had." …

Excellent. That is just what Canada needs.

By the way, you would never suspect this outcome from the earlier news reports. Here are just a few examples:

May 1 – Canada on left-right election tightrope – UPI.com

May 1 – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff rallies voters on election eve (Includes first-hand account)


April 29 – BBC News – Canada’s NDP closes on Conservatives ahead of election

Instead it was an historic blow-out for the Conservative Party.

But isn’t it odd how our news media, even north of the border, always manages to get these things wrong. It’s almost as if they have an agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Canadian Conservatives Win In A Blowout”

  1. artboyusa says:

    Nice result, eh?

  2. proreason says:

    The NDP (New Democrat Party) took 104 seats, so the conservative majority is 54%, still good, but not quite as awesome as it appears at first glance. The major story appears to be the near destruction of the Liberal party (just over 10% of the seats).

    Here’s a link to what I think is NDP’s agenda:


    By American standards, it is peculiarly focussed on what we would consider minor issues, but maybe that is normal for Canada. At a glance, it also looks like a liberal agenda.

    • platypus says:

      The reason they appear to be minor issues is because they have already enacted the major issues into law. Such as gubmint healthcare, etc.

  3. Bobsled says:

    No polls predicted a Conservative majority, and in fact most Canadians were expecting another minority government, so it’s great news for the Conservatives and the country. The Liberals, and separatist Bloc Quebois in Quebec both imploded, but both were already leftist parties, so the NDP (a hard left party) really only replaced them.

    As far as media getting things wrong, what do you expect when our largest media outlet is a state controlled monster called the CBC. ;)

  4. DW says:

    Good morning all.
    Proreason, your point is taken in regards to the 54%. Basically the vote got split between the leftist parties. It does however leave Mr Harper and the Conservatives with 167 seats where he needed only 155 to have a majority. He’s in a pretty comfortable spot to get things done.
    I think he’ll do very well.
    Needless to say, like all conservatives in Canada I’m pleased as hell about this.

    Now if only we could get our neighbours to the south to man-up and stop electing sissified liberals … ;-)

    • JohnMG says:

      Sissified liberals??!! We have the finest sissified liberals money can buy, thank you very much. Abetted by as fine compliment of RINO’s as can be found anywhere I might add. :-}

      But I’ll drink your health tonight, my friend. ‘Tis cause to celebrate, indeed!

  5. jobeth says:

    Sigh….Why are we the only ones moving in the wrong direction? (Rhetorical)

    Hurry 2012….(I think….I hope…)

    • canary says:

      Jobeth, this regards one of your posts as to an Arabic doctor. Years of experience as a woman, the muslim religion is relevant if you are a female or male in health care. Lot’s of bad incompetent white doctors. And experiences in stores when it’s your standing at a cash register and being ignored while males walk and and get service right away.
      That’s why I don’t understand Obama’s favoritism towards the muslims and their religion more than Christians and American citizens. Obama revers & worships with the most bigoted people on the face of the earth.

    • jobeth says:

      Right. I’ve had both experiences with the Arab docs and judge them each on how i am treated by them. But frankly I do watch a little closer. I’m fortunate in that my current GP team are all good…both Arab and American born.

      As to being in line waiting your turn…I’ve had it happen to me too that some male dullard steps ahead of me. But I speak up…and fast. I guess these dullards think I’m pushy woman…but who cares. I’m only pushy when I need to be…;-D To be truthful, I’ve had a few women try it too. So in the end I guess we need to judge each on their behavior.

      If they are good and respectful to me…I return the favor. But I still keep my eyes open. That’s why I ditched that one doctor before he had a chance to ‘touch’ me.

  6. River0 says:

    So their Lamestream Media is about as bad as ours, hoping to influence elections by keeping the truth at bay. This is a very good sign, that the international progressives don’t have a stranglehold everywhere. As economies with high public sector corruption and debt fail, the governments responsible for it will be thrown out.

  7. Not so fast says:

    This is EXACTLY why I don’t believe Obama’s poll numbers as expressed by the Lame Stream Media. The street isn’t being represented by the government and the media. Obama is going down and worse by even George McGovern and Walter Mondale numbers, only the greatest voter fraud in United States history could keep the Marxist Muslim in office!

  8. DW says:

    There is little difference between the “lamestream” medias (medii?) of the two nations -with the exception, as my countryman above pointed out, of the CBC (who are probably now wondering if maybe they shouldn’t have spent the last few years dissing that conservative guy whom the electorate just basically handed a dictatorship).
    Canada even recently launched a conservative-leaning news television station which is, of course, being excoriated by the left as “Fox News North”.

    I can’t stress enough the value of sites like this. Today when I pick up a newspaper, be it the New York Times, the Toronto Star or any other rag, I automatically start reading between the lines. I automatically compare the headline to what’s actually written in the article. Detecting spin or outright lies is simply second nature now and I mostly learned how to do that by watching how Steve does it. It is for this reason that Steve Gilbert would never have to pay for his own drinks if I happened to be in the vicinity.
    I’ve learned a lot from many of the members here as well. Useful ways of researching things. What to look for. How to tell what’s missing.

    The real value in this comes from being able to respond to “that guy” at work or wherever, who is reading the latest lies straight out of the paper.
    You don’t have to puke all over the guy. You don’t have to call him stupid. Just start asking: :Well, what about this?” “Why does the headline say this?” “Did you know that…?”
    It’s childishly easy if you know what you’re talking about. And I do -thanks to sites like this.
    I can do nasty if I have to. But I’m a lot happier if I don’t have to.
    And if I can get one person to see that they’re being lied to -just one, it’s well worth the effort.
    To paraphrase Steven King talking about the great wall of China: “…one brick at a time, but man, you can see the damn thing from outer space.”

    Sorry if I’m being long-winded. Lots of celebratory grog. It’s been a long, frustrating, occasionally heart-breaking slog to get here. But we made it.
    Here’s to you guys doing as well in 2012.
    God bless.

    • platypus says:

      Almost sounds like Steve is selling something and you want it for free. Except he’s not selling anything as far as I know so your comment must be genuine. :)

      And every word is true.

    • Steve says:

      Gosh, DW. I’m touched. Thanks.

      (And I’m looking for a bar in your neighborhood.)

  9. AmericanIPA says:

    Isn’t ironic that the cradle of democratic liberty (America) is seemingly the last country that is willing to give conservatives a shot at straightening out what leftists have screwed up?

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