Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Conservatives Take Canada

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper gives thumbs up in Calgary, Canada, Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, after his Conservative Party won national elections and ended 13 years of Liberal rule. (AP Photo/CP, Ryan Remiorz) COMMENTLINE
The times they are-a -changin'. Full coverage linked below.

NEWSLINE
"Tonight, friends, our great country has voted for change," the prime minister-designate told a crowd of supporters at his home riding of Calgary Southwest.

NEWSBYTES
Stephen Harper wins Conservative minority
(CTV.ca) -- Canadians granted Conservative Leader Stephen Harper a minority government Monday, putting an end to more than 12 years of Liberal rule.

Canadians choose conservative
Defeated PM Paul Martin to step down as Liberal leader
(CNN) -- Canadians elected Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper as their next prime minister Monday, but denied him the outright majority he would need to take any strong change in direction.

Canadians Move Right, Elect New Leadership
Liberal Party Out After 12-Year Run
(washingtonpost.com) -- Returns in the national election gave a strong victory to Conservative leader Stephen Harper, 46, a political strategist from western Canada who jokes about being dull. He shrugged off Martin's accusations that he is too cozy with U.S. conservatives for liberal-leaning Canada, the same accusations that crippled his candidacy in 2004.

Canadian Voters Oust Incumbent for Conservative
(NYT) -- Prime Minister Paul Martin announced he would leave the Liberal Party leadership after losing to Conservative Stephen Harper.

Conservative Party Wins in Canada Election
OTTAWA (AP) -- Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party won national elections Monday and ended 13 years of Liberal rule, a victory expected to move Canada rightward on social and economic issues and lead to improved ties with the United States. The Conservatives' winning margin was too narrow to...

Canadians elect weak Conservative government
OTTAWA (Reuters) -- Canadians elected their first Conservative government in 12 years, but gave the party a far-from-decisive mandate to push through its agenda of tax cuts, extra military spending and better ties with Washington.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Winterpig34 said...
Doug Struck's article on the Canadian election last night showed the usual American lack of comprehension of anything and all things Canadian. First off, NDP stands for New Democratic Party, not National Democratic Party. We aren't some knock off of the National Socialists.

The article accurately stated Harper's agenda to decimate human rights and health care his pro Iraq war and anti Kyoto views and then goes on to say that some are still concerned that Harper will institute his right wing agenda.

No, duh!

You bet we're concerned. The line, "no where to run to" is going through my head. Stephen Harper is Bush with brains. God bless Amerikuh (f#$k yeah!) and God help Canada.

9:32 AM EST  
Blogger Tank said...

I'm inclined to agree with the previous poster, thankfully this election only brought in a minority government which translates to bills that don't meet a concensus will in all likelihood be brought down. The Harper government will definitely bring change but if the change is a good one time will tell.

When it comes to the Pro-Iraq stance and the human rights issues is where the minority government will in probably succeed. It's not likely that a anti-human rights bill will pass through parliament without some serious protestations and likelihood of failing.

This will be an interesting time in canadian politics but in the end I don't think there will be much in the way of drastic change simply because the Conservatives don't have the muscle to force legislature thruogh the house of commons.

10:47 AM EST  

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