Now voters have an alternative
From the Far Lane
At some point in our lives, everyone gets
that rather helpless feeling that ‘people are stupid.’
For the past 11 years, Canadians have certainly seemed bereft
of sanity, continually subjugating themselves to inept Liberal
Party rule under the leadership of Jean Chrétien and
Paul Martin. Watching the past three federal elections has
been like watching millions of little kids foolishly lick the
school yard flag-pole on a cold winter day to see if their
tongue will really get stuck.
You would think that after a $1 billion human resources boondoggle,
$1 billion wasted on a registry for legal guns and most recently
a $250 million sponsorship scandal, Canadian voters will redeem
One might also wonder why voters seem unperturbed at how dilapidated
the military has become, the fact the health care system remains
inadequate or that the Governor General recently spent more
than $5 million touring northern Europe for no reason.
To top it off, the coronated (i.e. unelected) prime minister
is considering sitting on his throne until the fall instead
of calling a spring election because of the current scandal.
Martin wants to release a few spending initiatives (or bribes)
before the election, to show he’s not the fiscally conservative
finance minister of yore.
That’s because the Liberals continue to ride the sweet
economic policies of their predecessors, such as the North
American Free Trade Agreement, which they opposed until they
formed government and realized how beneficial free trade is
to the country.
Before last year, the Liberals could cling to dictatorship
by virtue of the lack of a realistic alternative. But with
the newly unified Conservative Party of Canada, voters can
finally look to a party with a plausible chance at knocking
Martin off his throne.
But even under their pathetic leadership, the Liberals would
still garner anywhere from 38 to 42 per cent of the vote in
an election, according to recent polls.
The Conservatives are mired in a leadership race, which for
Canada’s sake will hopefully see Stephen Harper win.
His opponents, Mr. anti-charisma Tony Clement, and the highly
unqualified Belinda Stronach, lack his experience and substance.
There’s also the New Democratic Party, which is actually
harder to forget than you would think, given its leader, Jack
Layton, and his penchant for cameras, microphones and reporters’ asses.
But let’s be serious.
Hopefully, once a Conservative leader is in place, Martin
will respect the little thing some of us like to call democracy
and announce a spring election. Let’s just hope Canadians
don’t still have their tongues affixed to the frozen