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  • April 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm #496579 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

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    What do you think will be the results of our upcoming federal election? Please note that I am not so indelicate as to ask who you want to win the election. I’m simply asking who you think will win the election.
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    April 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm #532897 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    #-o Oh great…no sence me running for PM now that jeepers guy is in the running…he lives right there in the smoggy smuggy Capital #-o

    On the rest :shock: …cant belive you even brought that up…

    I plead the 5 th :-# :-# :-#

    :-B :p
    Neil

    April 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm #532898 Back to Top REPORT
    spotfyre
    SpOtFyRe

    Joined: 4/9/2007
    Lets face it … we’re probably due for the exact same thing.

    Maybe it’s time to switch to proportional representation. Specially since a seperatist party that only has seats in Quebec can still be called a “national” party and participate in Federal Elections.

    Heck … I’m voting for my local Rhinoceros Party representative Donovan Eckstrom … at least I know EXACTLY where he stands!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_Party

    April 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm #532899 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

    Joined: 9/15/2006
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    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D
    The end is near....
    April 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm #532900 Back to Top REPORT
    spotfyre
    SpOtFyRe

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    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D

    You can keep him … we’ve got enough problems. :p

    April 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm #532901 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

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    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D

    You can keep him … we’ve got enough problems. :p[/quote:2vs51x6f]

    Please? ;;) ;;)

    The end is near....
    April 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm #532902 Back to Top REPORT
    spotfyre
    SpOtFyRe

    Joined: 4/9/2007

    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D

    You can keep him … we’ve got enough problems. :p[/quote:j7p3v7c3]

    Please? ;;) ;;)[/quote:j7p3v7c3]

    Negative … we already got this one…

    April 23, 2011 at 2:59 am #532903 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

    Joined: 10/23/2009
    Location: Quantum Leapville

    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D

    You can keep him … we’ve got enough problems. :p[/quote:34w21phz]

    Please? ;;) ;;)[/quote:34w21phz]

    Negative … we already got this one…

    [/quote:34w21phz]

    Nice picture of Gilles Duceppe Cassie. You keep that on your wall? :p :p

    Seriously, I suspect we will end up with a minority Conservative government (no change from present), but it’s hard to call. The support for the NDP seems to be rising and that is likely to draw a lot of right of centre Liberals to the Conservative party. In turn, that might lead to the Conservatives squeaking out a majority.

    But I gotta be honest. At the end of the day, the truly meaningful and lasting effect of the election is that we are fortunate enough to live in a country that actually has real democracy and real elections. Each and every one of us will have slightly different views about what is right or not right for the country, but in the end, we are one of only one third of all the countries in the world that actually get to express our views at the ballot box. I’ve lived under many Prime Ministers in my life and Canada still remains the True North Strong and Free. :thumbup

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    April 23, 2011 at 3:24 am #532904 Back to Top REPORT
    bonescreek
    bonescreek

    Joined: 11/25/2005
    “I’ve lived under many Prime Ministers in my life and Canada still remains the True North Strong and Free. Thumb Up”

    Spoken like a blue blooded american. :thumbup

    Should this county expire, never thought I would have to think about it but, I’ll be lookin’ north.

    Canada is really the only country I can think of today that seems to have
    held it’s ground and refused to move on to mod-earn times, the new
    world of plastic and oil (plastic is made from oil) and mostly “Dog Lodgic”.
    Think you all know the reasoning of “Dog Lodgic”.

    Canada has dabbled into Meds. for all and other eruo-beans but for the
    most part have stayed grounded on the way things are. Kind of an anti-change thing. :thumbup

    Say what you will, poke fun if you wish at our Northern light friends, but
    what I say is .. folks up north are ok. Nobody is in any hurry to build a
    fence on the CA/US border, in fact if anything the CAs might wanna
    put up a fence to keep the USs out. :D

    I’ld love to visit Mexico if I didnt have to worry about getting shot.
    Argintina has stories of great places to fish, but you may never make
    it back home. :shock:

    So if I had to choose between going far north or south, it would for
    sure be north. :D

    April 23, 2011 at 6:14 am #532905 Back to Top REPORT
    spotfyre
    SpOtFyRe

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    Nice picture of Gilles Duceppe Cassie. You keep that on your wall? :p :p

    No … but this one is …

    Seriously, I suspect we will end up with a minority Conservative government (no change from present), but it’s hard to call. The support for the NDP seems to be rising and that is likely to draw a lot of right of centre Liberals to the Conservative party. In turn, that might lead to the Conservatives squeaking out a majority.

    But I gotta be honest. At the end of the day, the truly meaningful and lasting effect of the election is that we are fortunate enough to live in a country that actually has real democracy and real elections. Each and every one of us will have slightly different views about what is right or not right for the country, but in the end, we are one of only one third of all the countries in the world that actually get to express our views at the ballot box. I’ve lived under many Prime Ministers in my life and Canada still remains the True North Strong and Free. :thumbup[/quote:6lgb17gx]

    Absolutely … I do love the fact that we get to express ourselves. Although I do think our system isn’t completely designed for the multiple parties that now exist … it still is an expression of who we are. I actually don’t mind when minority governments exist as you have a more balanced approach to anything that passes through parliament. I just hate it when others instead of working together push the non-confidence issue thinking they have a chance at a majority … or some of this coalition stuff that would make most voters that elected them choke.

    April 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm #532906 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

    Joined: 10/23/2009
    Location: Quantum Leapville
    To a certain extent, I agree with you Cassie. With a parliamentary democracy there is always the danger of having too many political parties in which the votes are fragmented resulting in an almost permanent state of minority government. This is true today in all major parliamentary demcocracies around the world.

    Nevertheless, there is a distinction to be made between having a minority[/i:o8gmyo62] government (as we do in Canada at the present time and may very well have after the May 2 election) and a coalition[/i:o8gmyo62] government. The latter can often become paralyzed because of the vastly different political views of members of the cabinet.

    I don’t have a major problem with minority governments here in Canada. While it is true that we have three major national parties, on many issues the differences among the parties are more apparent than real. I say this given our vastly different political life here in Canada compared to other major democracies. Our history has shown that while the different parties often espouse diametrically opposed views during election campaigns, once in power the overriding Canadian character takes over. That is to say that the government in power quickly recognizes that they must govern to meet the needs of all Canadians, not simply those who voted for them. And even then, when one speaks to Canadians who support different political parties, one is amazed at how much agreement there is on issues that are of fundamental concern to Canadians as a nation (e.g., health care, the economy, education, the environment, and the role of the federal government in Canadian national and international life).

    Why is this the case? I suspect there are many reasons, but a major contributor to this sociological reality stems from our genesis and evolution as a country. We are a sparsely populated country of 34 million inhabiting the second largest national land mass in the world. This fact has coloured our development from day one when Canada was formed under Confederation in 1867. Under our Constitution, specific powers were given to the provinces and all[/i:o8gmyo62] residual powers were given to the federal government. This created a strong federal government which was and has continued to be absolutely essential in maintaining the strength of our country, both politically and economically. By way of contrast, for example, when the United States was formed, the reverse held true: specific powers were given to the U.S. federal government and all[/i:o8gmyo62] residual powers were awarded to the individual states. That model may very well work for our southern cousins, but it would not work for us.

    Regardless of which model any individual Canadian might prefer, I think that our federalist approach to national life has created a degree of uniformity and harmony across this vast land. With few (and minor) exceptions, we do not have extreme political views in Canada, be they views on the far right or the far left. Traditionally, Canadians have been fairly centrist on the political spectrum and this continuity has served to prevent significant (and perhaps, disastrous) changes in our political life.

    Uh…um….excuse me professor, the class period is over. Can we leave now?

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    April 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm #532907 Back to Top REPORT
    nc_thin_dawg
    NC Thin Dawg

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    Very interesting! Thanks Larry. :thumbup (BTW, you don’t have to worry about me taking up residence there. Too dang cold most of the time!) :whistle
    "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday." John Wayne
    April 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm #532908 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

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    Very interesting! Thanks Larry. :thumbup (BTW, you don’t have to worry about me taking up residence there. Too dang cold most of the time!) :whistle

    You’re welcome…. :p

    The end is near....
    April 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm #532909 Back to Top REPORT
    nc_thin_dawg
    NC Thin Dawg

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    Very interesting! Thanks Larry. :thumbup (BTW, you don’t have to worry about me taking up residence there. Too dang cold most of the time!) :whistle

    You’re welcome…. :p[/quote:1628xcsu]

    :^O :^O Yes, of course you too Larry. You’re not gonna get any takers for Obama but thanks for trying. :whistle

    "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday." John Wayne
    April 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm #532910 Back to Top REPORT
    buckeyebowman
    buckeyebowman

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    We would be happy to send you Obama for a while… :D

    You can keep him … we’ve got enough problems. :p[/quote:1m34g1uc]

    Please? ;;) ;;)[/quote:1m34g1uc]

    Negative … we already got this one…

    [/quote:1m34g1uc]

    He kind of resembles a young Martin Short.

    It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
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