Canada held an election on Monday night and finally decided on a leader for the next four years. We have a different electoral system in Canada called a parliamentary system courtesy our British roots. The parliamentary system’s biggest flaw: the possibility of a minority governing party, which is a party that gets the most seats but not enough to make every decision without the approval of the other parties. Mainly because they have enough collective seats to vote out the ruling government. This may seem like a good idea, but a minority government always has a big bore gun to its temple in a parliamentary system . . .
Canada is a good example of the inherent problems with a minority government; we have a multi-party collection of conservatives, liberals, separatists and socialists. The agendas are wildly diverse for three out of five parties, while the mainstream Liberals and Conservatives fight for the top job of Prime Minister. So they are forced to make unholy alliances with the fringe parties to further their political agendas (and prevent or force an early election).
The latest election results were as close to the American system as we get because the right of center Conservative Party finally gained a majority vote from Canadians. Conservative leader Stephen Harper is now guaranteed to be Prime Minister for at least four years, while the new opposition will be the neo-socialistic (and former fringe party) New Democratic Party led by simply red Jack Layton.
The New Democrats veer to the extreme left of the American Democrats, but most of their newly found strength came in Quebec at the expense of the secessionist Bloc Quebecois Party. Imagine the Confederates with French accents as elected representatives in Washington and you get the picture about the Bloc.
All of the above boils down to one impressive point: the obscenely expensive and highly unnecessary National Gun Registry is now virtually dead in Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has always promised to nuke the registry, and now he has the clout to pull it off as a majority leader.
You need at least 155 elected members of parliament in Canada to run the show in Canada without interference from the peanut gallery. As I write this piece, the Conservatives are flirting with around 165 seats in Parliament. Bye bye national gun registry-hello common sense without a further billion dollar waste of public funds for the registry.