You see, for most of the history of Canada, the Liberals were in power. The Progressive Conservatives mostly served the role of 'palate cleanser' between Liberal dishes. The NDP played the part of 'fringe party'. This is where all us earnest lefties would vote. And the thing was, that suited me fine. I could vote my conscience, and I didn't mind that much when the Liberals got in. The fact is, there were many leading lights on the left of the Liberal spectrum. They could have easily been NDP candidates, except they actually wanted to BE in power. I think it's also true that Canada has been a centre-left country from the beginning.
But then, the infamous sponsorship scandal, where the Liberals were discovered to have paid their political cronies in ad agencies millions of dollars for work not done. That event induced Canadians to tear the Liberal party limb from limb, until it was just an emaciated version of the Knight who gets all his limbs chopped off in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Remember that? It was pretty funny, actually. I mean, the knight, not the Liberals...But here's what I don't get: what Harper's conservatives have done in terms of corruption that has led to it's members on trial or in jail make the Sponsorship scandal look like grandma claimed her diapers on her taxes. (No Grandma, no!) I mean, voter fraud, vote manipulation, and the worst collection of corrupt and entitled senators since, well, you know, Caesar had his little problem.... And yet, somehow, this fucker has a majority.
Ok. I know what you're thinking. Sour grapes, right? I mean, I wasn't complaining when the Liberals governed with only 45 percent of the vote. Mmm not really. Again, I at least felt that the Liberals were leaning in the right direction, and the Conservatives, back when they were the Progressive Conservatives, weren't really that far to the right, and certainly not socially. I'm just speaking in relative terms. But....BUT..,
Around the time of the Liberal sponsorship scandal a new political party was forming, with its base in Alberta. The Reform Party, famous for it's right wing Christian faction, started because the Progressive Conservatives weren't socially conservative enough. They were easy enough to make fun of, since the members who interpreted the bible literally were fun to ridicule. Plus, they were splitting the right wing vote, which guaranteed that neither party on the right would get into power. The Reform and the PC's finally agreed to merge and become the Conservative party, no longer progressive either in name or in deed. It's the Reforms DNA that's the dominant gene in this baby. They then had three minority mandates, which, I believe, was the result of the inevitable change in our political landscape.
Throughout this time, the NDP's star rose, owing alot to the charisma of it's leader, Jack Layton. Suddenly, this former “fringe” party was pulling enough votes that now the vote on the left and lefter were being split, which lead to the Conservative majority with under 40 percent of the vote. I don't know about you, but I'm officially tired of not having the majority of Canadians represented in our government. Stephen Harper thinks that it's an abomination of our political system if two parties tried to get together to form a majority. God forbid that the wishes of 60 percent of the country be fulfilled. The fact is, the only thing required in our parliamentary system is for somebody to have the 'confidence of the house'. In other words, if some schmuck from Pocologan inspired parliamentarians to support him to be Prime Minister, and a plurality of them voted him to be so...Well, as they say in Belize , “'Ting Done!”
It looks now like we're headed in the same direction. If there's another Harper minority, I hope Canadians have the cojones to scream for the representation we deserve. I mean, help me out with my math here: how is 60 per cent NOT greater than 40?