Originally posted by fritz
If Canadian politics are beyond me, how does a Dragon Lady cope?
The short answer, dearest Fritz, is that the Dragon Lady doesn't cope. I have two choices: laugh or cry. I am very much a 'the cup is half full'
kind of person, so I choose to laugh.
Here's the lowdown:
Due to the specialness and uniqueness
of French culture within Quebec, they have been granted a higher proportion of MP's than their
population would be entitled to. Not content with being a major force in Parliament, Quebec went one step further and started a new party, the Bloc
Quebecios. So now we have approximately 1/6 of Canada's MP's as a member of a separatist group. :shk:
Our politics are odd up here. It's all about who is going to damage the country the least. We are not very trusting of our governments.
Our current governing party, the Liberals, appears to be completely corrupt and have gone from scandal to scandal over the past decade.
The opposition, the Conservatives, was taken over by/merged with a far-right party in a misguided attempt to 'unite the right'. This drove the
moderates away and this group now panders to the religious right and xenophobes.
The other party, the NDP, is pro-union/workers. They traditionally get 20% of the vote but don't get a lot of MP's through the use of a 'first
past the post' electoral system. I don't think anyone really wants them in power because they always want to spend a lot of money. They are,
however, a voice of reason and compassion in Parliament and helped our country get universal healthcare.
The Bloc, in a strange way, is actually the most reasonable of all the parties and the least baggage-ridden. Except for that whole wanting to break
up the country thing.
Generally, we're pretty screwed no matter what happens. Vive la minority government!!
[edit on 2-1-2006 by Duzey]