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Canada election up in air with one week to go

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Trudeau..... the motherlode of bad ideas.

I hope he will be gone.

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Well at least there is a choice, and not one based on family history.

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The still real Canadian grizzlies aren’t eligible to vote, so he will surely make it with the votes of the imported supporters in the populated areas and some affiliated woke psychos. The same effect how the Dems. and Biden made it biased in the U.S. to their favor and then won and will further win it with ease.

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Nothing wrong with a minority government and three parties with near-equal power... means you actually have to work to pass legislation if the democracy works. Problem is, democracy isn't working so well lately.

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Trudeau is the poster boy for the neo-liberal globalists, so no doubt Dominion will be available to secure his 'victory'.

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Bye bye Trudeau. Scumbag.

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@smithinjapan: There is nothing right about a minority Government in any country at any time. All you end up with are toothless coalitions - all too common in some smaller European countries where they also have that ridiculous proportional representation nonsense. First past the post any day of the week.

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So Canada is gonna be like the US was 5 years ago and swerve hard right?

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Well unless I’ve got my history wrong, universal health care was passed during a minority Pearson government in the 1960’s. They can get things done.

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This is a tough one for me, all I know is I'm not voting for the Conservative Party.

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TheResident: "All you end up with are toothless coalitions - all too common in some smaller European countries where they also have that ridiculous proportional representation nonsense."

No bigger proof in the US that democracy has failed, and a majority would only be a dictatorship, either left or right. And toothless coalitions? Japan leads in that realm. Didn't the Communist Party, Minshuto, and a few others just make some new coalition party? and almost every single one of the people in them all just LDP dropouts. Three different parties, with roughly equal power, is not a coalition, nor does it end up with the same level of gridlock as a nation like the US, which is sliding into the abyss.

Catseye: Exactly.

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Indeed - Japan has had toothless coalitions for years and the US has the very out of date Electoral College that has the power to create a President! No wonder democracy is breaking down The fact that someone has to bring up something from the 1960's in a country that had a population of 21 million (Canada) at the time is a little sad.

These ridiculous coalitions and/or minority Governments lead to countries not only lacking strong, firm , manifesto driven leadership but weak oppositions to keep the checks and balances in place.

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There is nothing right about a minority Government in any country at any time. All you end up with are toothless coalitions - all too common in some smaller European countries where they also have that ridiculous proportional representation nonsense. First past the post any day of the week.

The Canadian system, even when it has a minority government, is WAY more effective than the US system. In the US you almost never have both the executive and both houses of Congress controlled by the same party, and with the senate that means a 60 plus majority to overcome the fillibuster. So presidents can almost never implement any legislation at all and you’ve got constant gridlock.

In the Canadian system that never happens, even with a minority government. The executive and legislature are controlled by the same party, so it can pass legislation freely in a majority government. In a minority government they have to form a coalition, which also allows them to pass legislation. If they can’t form a coalition or vote sharing agreement, the government will fall and you’ll have a new election that will deliver one that can.

We almost never have the idiotic legislative paralysis that is normal in the US.

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Wow! Canada sounds like heaven. What are you doing here?

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Glimpses from the Jody Wilson-Raybould’s book, that shows the golden boy of Canadian politics to be a "petulant leader who turns on women who don’t let him have his own way," sure hasn't helped him. That on the heels of the last debate, when Paul accused Trudeau of not being a “real feminist,” saying “a feminist doesn’t continue to push strong women out of his party when they are just seeking to serve."

See the last debate? Did you see when Trudeau dismissed the APTN's Melissa Ridgen, when she questioned him about the festering issue of eliminating boil-water advisories on First Nation reserves? His reply, that “one of the enemies of progressive politics is cynicism,” is not only non-responsive, it is political cynicism in itself.

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Wow! Canada sounds like heaven. What are you doing here?

Teaching random people on the internet the comparative advantages a Westminster style parliamentary system has over a presidential system it would seem.

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With one week to go, this deserves to stay on the radar:

Daphne Bramham: Is China interfering in the Canadian election?

Opinion: Some Chinese-Canadians are warning of vote-buying by pro-Beijing forces targeting at least two Chinese candidates who don't toe the line.

https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/election-2021/daphne-bramham-is-china-interfering-in-the-canadian-election

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Wow! With less than a week, this bears watching. From the Canadian Medical Journal:

Why are PHAC, Health Canada gatekeeping access to NACI?

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stalled media access to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) at the same time Canada’s chief public health officer suspended regular pandemic briefings and interviews “in light of the election.”

Just before the Aug. 15 election call, amid a surging fourth wave of COVID-19, PHAC replaced Dr. Theresa Tam’s weekly media briefings with written statements.

Both PHAC and NACI have stressed their independence during the pandemic. But according to a former senior science advisor, a Harper-era reorganization of PHAC that promoted a non-physician president over the chief public health officer saw the agency subsumed into the general bureaucracy. PHAC now shares a media department with Health Canada, which has a long history of restricting access to government scientists.

https://cmajnews.com/2021/09/02/covid-suppress-1095961/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=covid-suppress-1095961

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