Tuesday, December 02, 2008

More on the coalition

There's lots of good news from Canada these days, as the coalition seems almost inevitable. The opposition parties are playing entirely inside the rules. Harper's plurality just means he got the first shot at forming a government. Once he demonstrated his utter disdain for Parliament by failing to address the economic crisis and, as his first move after calling for a kinder and more cooperative Parliament in order to address said crisis, attempted to destroy all the other parties, he fairly and squarely lost the confidence of the entire Parliament. The coalition is almost like a regency to replace a leader who appears to have lost his mind.

Besides not being prevented by laissez-faire ideology from dealing with the big economic problems, the new government can immediately begin to correct other problems with Conservative rule:
  1. reverse the disdain for the environment;
  2. stop allowing Americans to execute Canadians without complaint;
  3. begin to stop fighting the ridiculous war on drugs (with the NDP in cabinet, this would be a wonderful time for legalization);
  4. get out of Afghanistan quicker than the 2011 date in place now;
  5. renegotiate NAFTA (on terms favorable to Canada, assuming the Americans don't want to freeze in the dark!);
  6. stop the typical conservative out-of-control wasteful spending on tax cuts for the rich and worse-than-useless military crapware;
  7. bring back the Liberal-Aboriginal agreement scrapped by the Conservatives;
  8. reinforce a federal commitment to health care (universal pharmacare would be a very good idea: the money saved on military spending could pay for it);
  9. restore the Liberal child care system (which was all ready to go until destroyed by Harper and his goons); and
  10. restore Canada's reputation as a peaceful 'fair broker' in international relations.

This is a platform which represents the vast majority of Canadians. It will be refreshing not to have to listen to the opinions of fruitcakes trying to drag us back into the nineteenth century.