Oh Canada...

Canadian politics has become a straight fight now between the socialist left and the capitalist right. Some are even claiming that two-party politics has returned to Canada.

Don't call it a comeback: Stephen Harper
Andrew Ian Dodge
On 5 May 2011 15:14

In a stunning night of political drama, the Canadians have given all those on the right a bit of an early May treat. I have to confess an interest due to my political swot nature and the fact I am a quarter Quebecker.  The equally impressed Daniel Hannan put it so well with his reaction to the night’s events.

“Congratulations, Canada. Felicitations, Canada. The country which, for decades, was a sort of outpost of Continental Europe in North America has convincingly rejoined the Anglosphere. After five years of running minority governments, Stephen Harper has at last been given the mandate he deserves.”

You see not only did Harper and his Conservatives get a majority to govern with, two parties imploded. The Bloc from Quebec are now down to 3 seats from 45 seats, including losing their leader, the defiant Gilles Duceppe.  The sovereignty issue is dead in the water for the foreseeable future now that federalist part has replaced the Bloc Quebecois (BQ) as the strongest party in Quebec.

The Liberals imploded all over Canada losing almost as many seats as the BQ with -43. CTV has this to say about Harper’s rise to majority leader.

“Harper's win completes his transformation from a right-wing whiz to a national, mainstream leader, and corresponds with a seismic redrawing of Canada's political landscape, coloured blue and orange.”

Of course it was not all roses for the Conservatives with several of their cabinet members, including from Quebec losing their ridings. The Tories have been pretty much shut out of Quebec now, as have the Liberals.

The numbers in Quebec are quite staggering for the NDP, as the Calgary Herald reports.

“And the NDP will send about 60 of Quebec's 75 MPs to Parliament. The New Democrats held just one riding in Quebec — Thomas Mulcair's seat in Outremont — before the election.”

The social democrat National Democratic Party saw a huge surge in support gaining 65 seats, their biggest ever electoral night. This news saw a lot of cheering from Conservative activists. Colby Cosh, sage of Canada, has some warning words for those celebrating.

“One day, this Calgary audience may regret its applause for the instantaneous transformation of the New Democrats into the most broad-based national party since Mulroney’s PCs. Or, Jack Layton could get sick and be gone in four months, and the events of this night will, in retrospect, seem to have been writ in water.”

Canadian politics has become a straight fight now between the socialist left and the capitalist right. Some are even claiming that two-party politics has returned to Canada.

It would be churlish to make any observations from this when it comes to the UK situation. That said I am sure Lib-Dems in the UK might have felt a chill go up their collective spines hearing about the Liberal's drubbing. Their status in the polls and the likely loss in the AV referendum could hint at such a future for Clegg and company. Might this be a warning to them to think hard before pulling out of the coalition any time soon?

Quite a night for the politics watchers and the international Conservative cause.

Andrew Ian Dodge is former Tea Party Patriots coordinator for Maine and a Republican candidate for Senate

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