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Monday, June 28, 2004

The Balkanization of Canadian Politics, or The Game That Nobody Wins...

Today, Canadians all over the country will be voting in the most "interesting" election that we have had in many years. The last three elections were Liberal majority sweeps, but this latest election will most certainly lead to a minority government.

No one party will win the 155 seats needed to claim a majority, and the parties that will win seats are very different in outlook. The biggest factor in this Balkanization is the Bloc Quebecois, (BQ) which will win 60 or so seats that will not be used to form the government.

The Liberals and the Conservatives will each win 100-110 seats, and the NDP will probably win 25 or so seats.

So, no one party will control 155 seats, and the BQ has said that they will not ally themselves with any party to form the government. So, what this all means is that the Governor General will pick either the Liberals or the Conservatives to form the Government, and once they lose a vote of confidence in the house, Parliament will be dissolved and we will do this all over again in 6-12 months...

I believe that Canadians need a strong Federal Government, to represent our interests on the world stage. As a country, we have done many good and noble things. We have fought in the wars that we thought were just, we have tried to bring peace to war torn countries, we have tried to feed the poor and to instil our values of fairness, civil liberty and community service throughout the world. I am proud to be Canadian, and I hope that this current political dilemma helps to remind us how fortunate we are to be Canadian.

The main requirement for a functioning democracy is an educated, informed and involved electorate. If you are Canadian and you are able to vote, you should do your best to get out there and vote. It will be good practise for 6-12 months down the road....

8-)

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