canada’s election: commentary from the web

I have no brilliant commentary to offer, myself, but here are a few interesting articles from the interweb. (Credit where credit is due: several of these articles came to my attention by way of the facebook walls of my friends. Facebook: the lazy person’s news source, as long as you have intelligent and well-informed friends.)

1. The Guardian – Canada’s Cold Dawn, by Heather Mallick. The Americans are apparently learning from their mistakes, or trying to – and the rest of the world is certainly good at pointing them out – so why is Harper doing his best to repeat them?

2. The National Post – Welcome to the New Canada, by Tasha Kheiriddin. This election was expected to offer up another wishy-washy minority government; instead, it revealed a more-or-less total overhaul of Canadian politics, which has been coming on for some time. The separatists are crushed, the Conservative party completed their reinvention and rise, the long-standing dominant Liberal party has been hobbled, and the NDP has the chance to establish itself as the new alternate party. Could be disaster town, could be an exciting new playing field for Canadian politics. Lots of interesting reader comments on this one.

3. The Financial Post – In Canada, we have no conservatives, by Terence Corcoran. Or… is the playing field exactly as it was before, with the Conservatives essentially replacing the Liberal party, moving firmly into a centrist position, and maintaining the status quo with a few minor changes? Is Harper equally disappointing to fervent advocates of small government as he is to enraged lefties?

4. The Common Sense Canadian – A vote for Harper is a vote for oil tankers in BC, by Rafe Mair. Posted before the election, but a sobering concern for BC residents.

5. The Globe and Mail – Their man has a majority; now oil patch wants elbow room, by Carrie Tait. Post-election, more oil tanker info.

6. The McGill Daily – Four McGill students elected to parliament.  Aaand…. YIKES. Seriously? From what I understand, these candidates were probably nominated to run at a point when the NDP didn’t think they had much chance of winning the seats, and thus there was very little competition for the positions… and now they’re MPs. Wow. One candidate doesn’t own a cell phone? Most of them did little-to-no campaigning? Another facebooked the McGill Daily to explain why she wasn’t available for comment? It would seem they rode the Layton ticket all the way into parliament. Perhaps they’ll end up being excellent MPs, bringing their youthful enthusiasm, etc etc….  but I feel a little worried. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the NDP deals with their new situation.f

And… I need to get to work, so that’s all for now.

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