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May 2nd 2011

So the Canadian federal election is today!

It has been an amazing couple of weeks here. Let me see if I can explain it to you like you're five.

Like in the US, Canada's federal leadership has traditionally changed hands between the top two parties, the Liberals and the Conservatives. From the start of the Dominion, Canada has only ever been led federally by one of these two parties. The party that has traditionally ranked a distant third has been a sovereigntist party from Quebec, called the Parti Quebecois, and then behind then a socialist party called the New Democrats. The New Democrats have fared better in the provinces, and have lead a number of different ones over the years. The New Democrats are responsible for bringing in our famous healthcare and pension system back in the 1950's, although they did it on a provincial scale and then it was adopted federally, I believe.

So, about a week and a half ago, some polls came out revealing that in Quebec, there was a huge show of support for the New Democrats. This is huge news. Quebecers have never shown huge support for the New Democrats like this before. And since these polls came out, support for the New Democrats has been swelling like crazy! Recent polls have them firmly in second place behind the ruling Conservative party. The Liberals have totally tanked, and will be very lucky if they can stay in second place as the official opposition.

So it's all shaping up for a wild finish. Pundits are predicting another Conservative minority, but it's who will come in second that's the big story. If the NDP comes in second, and the Liberals crash and burn, it's going to really change the country. I don't know yet if it will be for the better.

May 2nd 2011

Interesting. Zzzzzz.

Just kidding. So what are they planning to do when they get into office? You guys already have universal healthcare. Now what?

May 2nd 2011

Is Canada the country where the Liberal party is more conservative than the Conservative party, or is that Australia?

May 2nd 2011

It may be Britain.

You guys already have universal healthcare. Now what?

Fix healthcare. The system we have now is based on healthcare needs of the 1950s. A lot has changed since then. There's a lot more old people. There's a lot less people paying in than taking out. The system is stressed to the max and the cracks are showing.

So that's a biggie. Other than that, not too much. This election was called as a referendum on leadership. The voters aren't voting tonight so much about issues as they are about who they think will be the best leader. There's a lot of discontent about the political parties here in Canada. No one feels truly represented by the parties in power. So this election may serve as a wake up call for some parties that have distanced themselves from the people who have traditionally put them in power time and time again.

May 2nd 2011

I saw a report about how the oil fields in northern...Alberta, maybe?... are a big election issue. The U.S. gets more of its oil from Canada than anywhere else, and there's a push, backed by the ND guy, to put a cap and trade system in place that would somehow affect that. I believe Harper is in favor of the status quo on that front.

May 2nd 2011

Harper is from Alberta. He's a big fan of oil, and hence he should be well liked in the US. He likes the US and favours strong relations with them.

May 2nd 2011

He's a big fan of oil, and hence he should be well liked in the US.

In order to be accepted by Americans, he must also like hamburgers and guns.

May 2nd 2011

He is a big fan of both.

May 3rd 2011

Last night was a truly historic moment in the Dominion of Canada. The Conservatives under Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a much sought after majority. But perhaps just as amazing as that is that the New Democratic Party won double the amount of its previous highest seat count last night, to unseat the Liberals as the official opposition. The Liberals had their worst showing ever in the history of the country, dating right back to its beginning in 1867! Canada is going to be a different country from here on out.

Here's how Canada voted last night: votes

May 3rd 2011

Wait, so what happened in 1867? You weren't a country before then? Then who the heck were we trying to invade all those times (1777, 1995, etc.)?

May 3rd 2011

Wait, so what happened in 1867?

We were run by natives.

May 3rd 2011

Also, Bloc Quebecois can suck a bag of dicks.

May 3rd 2011

They got pummeled. They didn't win enough seats to be considered a party anymore. They've been a huge force in Quebec and Canadian politics for twenty years, and like that they're done.

May 3rd 2011

So the next invasion attempt should focus on Quebec? Got it.

May 3rd 2011 edited

Still enthralled by the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALS almost 10 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans are paying even less attention to the political situation north of the border than they usually do

""When you look at Canada, it's pretty much pro-American, and when I say that, I mean no one wants to blow us up or secede from the continent, and everyone appreciates the importance of the trade partnership," he said."

May 3rd 2011

I don't mean this in a negative way, Daoust, but everyone here really treats Canada as like another state or something. I guess that's a good thing...other than the Francophiles in Quebec, and that metric thing, there aren't many other countries where you can't tell the difference in language or culture when you cross the border.

I probably feel more kinship with Toronto than I do to, say, Portland.

May 7th 2011 edited

For the record, there are fifty-eight (58) pages of posts about our neighbor to the north. That's 1,732 posts (counting this one) and I wonder how many of them are Daoust's.

Also, I will be there for a holiday in a mere 20 days, and I can't wait.

May 8th 2011

Cool beans Urkel...grue. Where are you heading?

I wonder how many of them are Daoust's.

I'm willing to bet about half.

May 12th 2011

Lake of the Woods. Which = yay!

May 23rd 2011 edited

Today is a national holiday here in Canada. We call it "Victoria Day". People who think drinking is fun say "May 2-4" weekend. You guys have a similar national holiday, called "Memorial Day" but Canada has theirs first. The difference being that we, being loyal British subjects, celebrate a long dead former queen, whereas you guys celebrate blowing things up. Here. Let me do it for you. USA! USA! USA!

May 23rd 2011

We are not amused.

See what I did there?

May 23rd 2011

So...Victoria Day is my excuse for not being around much today. What's yours?

May 23rd 2011

I'm just in a crappy mood because of tired, 10 days of shitty weather and a shittier forecast, and because of work.

May 24th 2011

I'll assume that was other peoples excuses, too.

May 24th 2011

A belated Happy Victoria Day, Daoust!

P.S. LOTW in four days for me - can't wait to be in Canada!

May 24th 2011

Our Canadians can rest easy:

Everything is under control

Jun 4th 2011

And that's why I am glad I don't live in the city. I can beat all the racoons to death that I want out in the country, and nobody notices.

Jul 1st 2011

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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Jul 10th 2011

Daoust, my mom wants to know if you saw Prince William when he came to Canada.

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