Wow, just… wow. This election has got to be one of the biggest movers in Canada’s history. The Conservatives finally won the majority that they were looking for, and the Liberals, once the party of Canada, were completely crushed. Canadians simply did not trust Ignatieff. Although Harper finally won a majority, many Canadians don’t like him either. Jack Layton has benefited greatly from this, making huge gains across the country, including Quebec which overwhelmingly chose him over the seperatist Bloc.
So, what does a majority government mean? Will this new government return to its proper role and reduce the weight of government on people’s backs? Will Canada move toward prosperity, or will we repeat the mistakes of our neighbours to the south, engaging in destructive spending and debt, needless wars, and more socialism (or state capitalism if you want to call it that; same thing)? Can any of Canada’s politicians deliver on that? We shall see.
I imagine that Harper must personally be very happy with the results. He has moved from “shady and dangerous Harper” and a succession of minority governments, an attempted coalition, finally to a majority government. In spite of all the vitriol against the Conservatives and from the Conservatives as well, they have won a decisive victory.
Canada Votes 2011
So, readers, what are your thoughts, and where do you think this is going to take Canada? And for my readers to the south and around the world, what are your thoughts?