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Post-Election Thoughts

The election for Canada’s 41st Parliament is over and the results are in. As expected, Stephen Harper has won a majority which should allow him to further his agenda (hidden or not hidden) and that of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). And, unexpectedly, the New Democratic Party (NDP) took over as the official opposition as the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) slipped into third place. I am a liberal at heart and though I am saddened by the result, I am also relieved. This result allows some real changes to occur in the LPC so that it better reflects what it is to be liberal and Canadian.

I don’t want to focus on the election itself as that is one for history, not about what comes next.  It doesn’t matter who did or said what, who did or didn’t take part in debates or who did or didn’t answer media questions, or about the role of the media during the election or about reports not released because there was an election taking place.  The results are in and we now have to live with them for at least four years assuming Stephen Harper follows his own election law this time around.  What I want to focus on is “Now what do we do if we believe in a Canada that is inclusive, a Canada that is unified in all of its diversity?”

First steps on the level of the political party – choose a leader and hold that leader accountable.  An interim leader is being chosen at this moment and will serve until a full leadership convention.  Care has to be given to the selection of the interim leader as many would see this as an endorsement and an unfair advantage to the interim leader in the leadership convention which follows.  Given the polarity of vision in various leadership contenders, this is even more vital as it is obvious to most that certain candidates would fold the party in order to have a “united left party” with the NDP.  Obviously, this is not something that can be decided by a leader, but must be decided by the party membership as a whole, and only after enough time, resources and research have been invested, including the EDA leadership doing an extended conversation with their local LPC supporters.  Will we have the courage and the patience to do this work?  Or will we throw up our hands and admit that we are dinosaurs and cease to exist as a political party in Canada.

Our choice, I hope.

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Bedfellows … Not

I hear so much talk about Harper being a Liberal and about Ingnatieff being a Conservative and about both of them being twins.  So, Ignatieff didn’t take down Harper and company.  Why does that have to be interpreted as him being a conservative in disguise?  Why can’t the bitter hordes see that action for what it was, a sensible thing to do in the eyes of Canadians?  Politicians are supposed to represent Canadians, not simplistic and rigid party lines.  Of course, that is a tough job at the best of times and this is certainly coming close to being the worst of times in our recent modern history.

That said, don’t let the ‘accommodation’ fool you.  Ignatieff and his crowd are still Liberals.  Partisanship is VERY much alive and well in spite of giving Harper ‘a pass’ at this time.  Don’t let ‘liberal’ ideas in Harper’s budget fool you.  Harper and his crowd are still Conservative right-wing ideologues.  Give either one of these two leaders/parties a majority government and you will see their true ‘colours’ come shining through.

This is a lesson that Obama is struggling with as he tries to raise the standard of politics in the U.S.A.   Try as he might, the gulf between Republicans and Democrats is just as deep and wide as that between Liberals and Conservatives.

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I have to say that I agree with Danny Williams.  Harper is a threat to Canadian unity.  I said this in the past and I doubt that I will change my mind.  That said, it isn’t time to take down the Conservatives.  Ignatieff needs to have his party in position to win when an election is called.  It would be totally disastrous for all of Canada to have an election where Harper squeeks out a slim majority.  Think of Bush.  We don’t want to go there.  At least with a leash, Harper will act a bit better and do a bit less damage.  Canada can rebound from the damage he has and will yet inflict on our unity and our economy as long as we don’t give him a free hand in terms of a majority government.  Just think of how much he has hurt the country while being a leader of a minority government.  And no, repeat – NO! – it isn’t the time to head to the election polls.

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