reply to post by PopeyeFAFL
Well, as I alluded to in a previous post I like the fact that your election cycle is so short. By the end of an American Election we all feel
fatigued. The type and sheer volume of political adds is a lot to take in. You guys "go negative" as well, but somehow it seems a lot less negative
than the States. Maybe it doesn't seem as bad because we only have to deal with it for a few weeks.
I like the Parliamentary system much better. It seems far superior to our two-party congressional system. Having four federal parties to choose from
is pretty cool (and of course you have a few more fringe parties as well.)
Your Prime Minister has to stand up in front of Parliament on a regular basis and field questions from the opposition, and he very rarely gets any
slow-pitch softballs. All this in full public view on your equivalent of C-Span, and I can't remember what that channel is at the moment. If George
W. Bush had to answer to Congress every day and defend himself and his decisions I think the mess we're in now wouldn't be quite as devastating.
Mostly because I think he'd have problems talking his way out of a paper-bag.
Plus, there's nothing like seeing a leader you despise called the political equivalent of a goat-licker, to his face, on national television.
Priceless. Watching congressional stuff on C-Span is like watching paint dry. Watching Parliament in Canada is like fight-night. HIGHLY
The fact that you haven't turned over the process of voting to a huge corporation to do on machines with no paper trail is fabulous. That almost
goes without saying. The odds of Canada having rigged elections is pretty damn small.
What I Don't Like
The fact that Canadians don't vote for their Prime Minister. They vote for their Member of Parliament. For any Americans reading this thread who
don't know what I'm talking about (and please Canadians...correct me if I'm wrong on how I describe this):
When Canadians have federal elections all the MPs come up for election at once. There will be a Conservative, Liberal, and NDP candidate for each
riding (ridings are kind of like Congressional Districts), and Bloc if the riding is in Quebec. Canadians vote for which party they want to represent
their riding. At the end of the election whichever party has the most MPs elected gets to form the government, and supply the Prime Minister. The
Prime Minister is selected by the party members ahead of time. I'm not a big fan of this. I don't have any suggestions on how else you could do it,
I just know that I'm not crazy about Members of Parliament getting to decide who will be your Prime Minister. Canadians only get to cast votes for
which party they want.
Where are you to heard French daily?
Winnipeg. It has the largest French speaking population outside of Quebec. They even have their own French neighborhood: St. Boniface and I used to
live there. All the businesses have their signs in French and the stop-signs say Arret. They have a really neat French festival every winter called
Festival du Voyageur (sp?). Even though I no longer live in that neighborhood I still hear French every day: at the grocery store, walking down the
street. Lots of Francophones here, although they also seem very proud of their Canadian heritage at the same time.