I haven't yet written about the Canadian election. Too depressing. Everybody lost. The Conservatives, who won yet another minority government, lost because they didn't get the majority they wanted, and because they didn't wipe the Liberals off the map (Harper's real goal). Harper himself lost big time, as he has conclusively proved to his own party that they can never obtain a majority with him as leader (his obvious psychological/neural problems - some form of autism? - scares normal people away). The Liberals, whose composition under Dion made the Liberals the most progressive they have been in decades, if not ever, had historic lows in votes and seats. The NDP finished its descent from a progressive party to a full-fledged middle-class party, and proved that they can never beat the Liberals at that game (and their timing was terrible, now that the coming depression requires a real working-class party). The Greens, who had the same bad luck as the Liberals with recent weather anomalies in central Canada making the climate disaster not quite so obvious, didn't win one seat. The country lost, ending up with a government that only the minority of neanderthals wanted. Only the Bloc did relatively well in Quebec. but the Bloc are perennial losers as their focus on Quebec makes them a ridiculous party on the national stage.
There is something really, really wrong with Harper (and Conservatives are coming to rue the problems with one-man government). After making a big deal about striving for a new cooperative Parliament in light of the world financial crisis, what's the first thing he proposes? A change in federal funding of political parties that would have the effect of leaving Canada with one viable party, the Conservatives! He's backed off from this (after some fiddling), but the aggressive preposterousness of his position has proved to everybody else that the Conservatives need to go. Conservative ideology provides no solutions to the coming financial crisis, and it is imperative that the three opposition parties form a temporary emergency coalition.
I don't know whether it will happen (it is almost too good to be true). The King-Byng crisis is the precedent which provides that the opposition can request the Governor-General to attempt to form a government after a non-confidence vote removes the sitting government. The disgusting Canadian media - controlled by the you-know-whos - is already trying to spin their agent Iggy as PM, but Dion is still the obvious choice (and Dion as PM could unravel the process underway to move the Liberals to the right under unsuitable leaders, which would be good for the entire country). The world's luckiest country just might get lucky again.
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