January 24, 2006

Post-Election Thoughts

It’s fun times for Canada for the next while. Just thought I would pass on some thoughts about yesterday and what’s to come. Warning: I’m not going to substantiate anything I’m about to say.

  • I’m not surprised in the least that the Liberals held onto more riding than expected. A lot of public feedback on radio stations, over the internet and on the television confirmed my suspicion (in my own illogical method) that this was a vote against the Liberals and not for the Conservatives.
  • Anyone that thought Belinda was in for the fight of her life gave too much credit to Conservatives in Newmarket-Aurora. Belinda barely won over the Liberals when she was with the Conservatives in 2004. It was essentially her family’s, and her own, reputation that won it for her. This time around she had the combined power of the Liberal support and reputation behind her, handing her a nice comfortable win.
  • There was a very nice surprise with the increase in support and seats for the NDP. We (because I officially renewed my membership yesterday) were able to take some Conservatives and Liberal seats. The begging for strategic voting didn’t work for the Liberals this time around and that is probably going to work in our favour in the long run. We have a lot of work ahead of us still to expel our tax-raising, pure socialist image and Layton did a good job of laying out that foundation.
  • I expect there is going to be some of Joe Clark’s minority strategy seeping into Stephen Harper’s strategy. However, at least in the beginning, I think Harper will get away with it to some degree. He’s going to automatically bring up the GST cut. Being that no one wants to look like they oppose cutting the GST and no one wants to be blamed for bringing down the House after only a couple months of sitting and putting us through another election, the initial GST cut may get passed.
  • I’m guessing it will only be approximately 3 months before the MPs and CPC members who have been around since the Reform and Alliance days completely explode and beginning asking for repayment for their continued allegiance for the last decade-plus. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the social conservatives of the party probably struggled with notion of being silent on issues of SSM, abortion, etc. Now that they are in power, they’re going to come knocking and it’s not going to be quiet too much longer. Good luck dealing with them, Stephen!
  • I wonder if the Liberals and New Democrats have toyed with the idea of surprising Harper with a coalition government? I wouldn’t support that idea, but it would be funny if it happened. I would love to see the look on Harper’s face…
  • The party who’s going to have the last laugh is the Liberals. I could almost swear that Martin’s resignation was a planned move. As much as it pains me to say it, but as long as we continue to use the undemocratic first-past-the-post system, the Liberals will always be the party people look to first at election time. With that said, the news that will compete and could possibly be more interesting than the Conservative minority, will be the Liberal leadership race. It will be everywhere and be as well known and talked about as this past election. By the time it’s over, and the dust is settled, it will be about time to bring down the House. Going into the next election the Liberals, fresh off the leadership race and probably facing an ineffective Conservative party that has its right wingers all exposed, the Liberals will once again be the party to beat.
More thoughts might come to me later, but this is it for now. Have a good night.

1 comment:

TonyGuitar said...

This just for the value of debate.

No Captain wants to command a sunken ship. Belinda crosed to board the Titanic and it sank but be darned if she didn't claw aboard a lifeboat, now will that bit of luck ever make it to shore?
Brian Tobin is a contender, but the ship has to be salvaged first.

Renewal of the Liberal Party?

First, the question of facing the courts. A minimum of 10 $billion of our money has been syphoned off. Liberals should pay fair penalties for that.

Starving health care and education to create a surplus does not imply the right to stuff pockets with some of that budget surplus.

34$million in debt and who knows how much in penalties and fines that may also become due.

Re-think for Liberals: Liberals are infested with crooks. Those crooks must be seen to walk the plank, otherwise one can not expect to regain Canadian voter respect.

Liberal popularity is still spiraling downward and that will continue as the public learns of the full list of rip - offs.

List of 218 *Low Points*, Toronto Sun by Linda Williams
January 22nd

Different list of 200+

Canadians were aware of Adscam and a scam here and there. Wait for the backlash when they learn about the much wider scope of fraud these lists represent.

When the MSM*s fear Harper trick is better understood, there should be a backlash there also.

Rocky roads ahead for Liberals. TG

Quotes from people smarter than me...

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

"Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carrying a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is to die of old age before it finds you." ~ Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly, Episode 12)