Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It affects us

With all of the focus on OUR election, another very important campaign is taking place north of the 49th Parallel. Canada is holding its own general election in October, and the results there will have a significant impact on the United States: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/canadian_consensus.html. For one thing, the current Conservative government has been a strong supporter of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The opposition Liberals (along with the smaller NDP and the Quebec separatist party, the Bloc Quebecois) are in favour of an immediate end to the Canadian participation in the mission, despite the fact that the Liberals are the party which committed to it in the first place. As well, the Liberals have a long history of having thorny relations with the United States.

The bottom line is that for those of us who like to see relations between the two countries go smoothly, we had best hope for a Conservative win.


Jim said...

As the bald-headed geek, I thought you'd have some comment on why Prime Minister Stephen Harper wears a toupee and if you know of other world leaders who have also worn toupees? A daily newspaper in Canada ran a poll and 37% of regular readers thought Harper wears a wig but 100% of hairdressers felt his mop was unnaturally enhanced. If he does wear a toupee, I'd like to know where he got it because only on the rarest occasions does it look like a toupee. He also has the luxury as Prime Minister of having a makeup artist travel everywhere with him.
- Balding Male

serket said...

Well the conservatives gained seats while the liberals and Quebecois lost seats.