Monday, January 23, 2006

Canadians Ready to Say, "That's Enough, eh"

I, for one, say that it's about time! Canadian liberals, after being in control for the last 12 years, will be faced tomorrow with possibly one of the worst showings in any federal election since independence in 1867. Reuters reports:
Canadian political leaders on Sunday made one last cross-country dash on the eve of an election expected to oust the ruling Liberals, move Canada to the right and improve ties with the United States.

With polls showing a steady lead of 7 to 12 percentage points, the Conservatives sounded increasingly confident, though it looked like they would fall short of a majority in Parliament and have to depend on other parties.

"After 13 years and four failed mandates, the era of Liberal arrogance is ending," local candidate Michael Smith told a Winnipeg rally as he introduced Conservative leader Stephen Harper, who made stops in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia on Sunday.


"Only a new government can turn the page on the past 13 years of scandal and inaction and get on with addressing the real concerns of ordinary working people," Harper said. "We have an opportunity with a new government, and only a new government, to bring together East and West, English and French, city and country, new and old Canadians."

Some polls suggest the Liberals will get their lowest percentage of votes in any election since independence in 1867, even lower than the 28 percent they collected in 1984.

If Harper wins, it will be his reward for uniting Canada's two fractious right-wing parties at the end of 2003 and creating the Conservative Party.

Harper would be the first prime minister to have spent most of his life in the conservative Western province of Alberta. He promises to lower taxes, clamp down on crime, clean up government, cut health waiting times and return some power from the federal government to Canada's 10 provinces.

Malkin has this breakdown of tomorrow's elections ...

Anti-Conservative Party blogger Hyphenated Canadian reports on how the Toronto Star "compares Conservatives to terrorist group Hamas" ...

Happy Elections, Canada. Show those Liberals that they're out of the mainstream! Most importantly, help the Conservatives usher in a new era of prosperity in the North.

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