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how come this doesn't generate even the slightest amount of responses as the US election even from the Canadians on this board?

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"how come this doesn't generate even the slightest amount of responses as the US election even from the Canadians on this board?"

They don't have free speech in Canada and therefore can, upon return home, be tried for thought crimes they go a-thinking even in foreign countries.

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Is Stephane Dion related to Celine Dion? That would have to be a huge disadvantage.

How is Canadian politics different from the US? Do Canadian voters care about the issues, or do they just want a moose-huntin', zamboni-drivin', maple-syrup-chuggin', Bryan Adams listenin' good ol' Canucker?

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coulrophobic: "They don't have free speech in Canada and therefore can, upon return home, be tried for thought crimes they go a-thinking even in foreign countries."

Actually, we have far more freedom of speech than you do in the US; and we're not spied on by our government in emails, etc. Nice try, though... fortunately, with your history under numerous other handles we all know your commentary on foreign affairs has absolutely no credibility. Hell, even in your own national affairs! haha.

Nah, the truth of the matter is, to skips' question, Canadian politics is just downright boring. We have none of the desperation of parties trying to keep morons in power that NEVER should have been there. We can usually see who should win pretty much right away and that person generally has the election before it begins (in this case, with a minority thanks to a few screw-ups). It is absolutely baffling for nationas outside the US to even CONSIDER voting in someone with such horrible records as your current president, and the Republican running for the position. That's what makes it fun to watch and poke fun about.

Altria: There's a big difference in the politics. First and foremost, you cannot vote directly for the Prime Minister unless you are outside of the country; you vote for local representatives and the party with the majority of seats wins the prize. That's one big difference. The difference in FEELING is as I said above.

Anyway, keep trying guys. I know that it's easy to try and bash another country when the team you support in your own is down; that's called deflection. Again, Canadian politics are boring as hell, but at least we haven't had to deal with 8 years of the moron you guys have.

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I do believe the outcome of Canada's most recent federal election was heavily influenced by the conservative, pro-GW Bush American blogger Ed Morissey, just across the border in Minnesota but able, unlike any of Canada's state-controlled "press", to keep the poor, bored Canadian electorate aprised of the emerging facts about the widespread corruption their then-ruling Liberal Party was engaged in.(Liberals are the now out of power Lefties.)

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/004220.php

Even the NY Times took note.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/07/international/americas/07canada.html

Good luck to Canada this time around.

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Actually, we have far more freedom of speech than you do in the US; and we're not spied on by our government in emails, etc." Smitty, no offense, but if the gov did spy, how would you know?

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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Congratulations to Prime Minister Harper.

"Canadian politics is just downright boring"

That's why smithinjapan continually posts on the downright exciting U.S. politics here on JT!

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"Canadian politics is just downright boring"

I hear this from literally every Canadian I know.

Seems to me that when it comes to health care the body politic really suffers up there...

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Anybody (election candidate) who distance himself/herself from Bush is likely to win !

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Politics in general is boring.

(skipthesong, ever heard of the patriot act?) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_act

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only 56% of eligible voters did so... sad...

btw coulrophobic, don't let the name fool you but the liberals are hardly the 'lefties' in the bunch. canada needs election reform and in a bad way. only 37% of voters went with the conservatives, helping to form another minority government... they won 143 seats when the actual proportional vote would have only given them 114. in any event, all the parties need to work together to resolve economic problems. let's hope everyone can get along.

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One thing that puzzles me is why Canadians would elect a leader that was caught repeating in 2003, word for word, the exact same speech as the leader of another country. http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=L8YwJC_nBgw

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who?

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Harper gave the same speech as Australia's Howard. I wonder who wrote it and who made both leaders read it. It was a speech about Saddam's WMDs.

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"Anybody (election candidate) who distance himself/herself from Bush is likely to win !"

How insulting to Canadians. So you mean to say that their country is such a non-entity and so devoid of domestic issues and identity that clear victory can only go to the guy who fulminates longest and loudest against Bush?

Hey - will a bilingual Bush-hater unite the country, solve the pesky Quebec problem?

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I suppose some Americans find Canadian politics boring is because we ignore trivial matters that end up dominating American politics; religion is never discussed, abortion rights are never discussed, silly flag-pins are never discussed, politicians' personal lives are not put under a microscope, and I don't ever remember a politician being accused of not "loving" Canada enough. This despite getting the damn thing overwith in 6 weeks rather than 2 years!

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"I suppose some Americans find Canadian politics boring is because we ignore trivial matters that end up dominating American politics"

Who said we find your politics boring? I read on here that Canadians find it boring.

You're just another quaint imitation of British parliament as far as we can tell.

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Hopefully, he'll enact some type of fashion reform.

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sarge: "That's why smithinjapan continually posts on the downright exciting U.S. politics here on JT!"

Evidently you missed my self-deprication. YOu bet the politics in the US are more exciting than in Canada, but that does NOT mean American politics is in any way better. Granted, a movie that is 'exciting' sounds a lot better than one that is 'boring', but that's a movie, which is not reality. I'll take boring but stable over the insanity you guys have going on down south any day.

Well, congrats, Harper. Won't say anyone is surprised.

coulrophobic: "I hear this from literally every Canadian I know."

That's because it's true.

"So you mean to say that their country is such a non-entity and so devoid of domestic issues and identity that clear victory can only go to the guy who fulminates longest and loudest against Bush?"

Not exactly, though being on the side of bush is enough to hand you a defeat, for sure. It's not an issue of being a non-entity or being devoid of domestic issues, it's just that you guys have so darn many down south (issues, that is), and you're so literally screwed up after eight years of bush, that raking his name and practices over the coals can never hurt you when trying to get elected. Hell, it's common practice the world over! No one who supported bush still does (except maybe lapdog Japan, but they'll soon enough be talking about what an idiot he is, along with the rest of us and the majority of your own country), most parties that did lost power in the past few years, and many who has scorned bush were elected in part because they promised to relinquish support (ex. Iraq) that former leaders, now out, promised.

So you see... bush is a laughing stock the world over. Using his name in a bashing cannot hurt anyone, and wouldn't hurt Harper if he did.

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because we ignore trivial matters" Hey, when I heard country and western music and that there were rodeos there, I knew right there and then, this is no place for normal people. I could not find one place that served rice and beans and that mayonnaise has gotta go.

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coulrophobic- How many Canadians do you actually know? 2? 3? You obviously have a fear of anything outside of the states. How many times have u ventured outside of the states? More or less than Sarah Palin?

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I suppose some Americans find Canadian politics boring is because we

ignore trivial matters that end up dominating American politics; religion is never discussed, abortion rights are never discussed, silly flag-pins are never discussed, politicians' personal lives are not put under a microscope, and I don't ever remember a politician being accused of not "loving" Canada enough. This despite getting the damn thing overwith in 6 weeks rather than 2 years!

horsefella,

well said & so true, Canucks have lots in common with yanks but very thankfully also lots NOT in common, thats why Cda leave the US in the dust!

Ok you yanks time give us that lame line about being the best country in the world ha ha come on now take the bait!! Counting on ya Sarge!

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Things are not all roses up north but there are no compelling issues or immediate problems that need to be resolved by "tossing out the bums." And if the government goes to pot one advantage of the parliamentary system is that the bums can be thrown out at any time or the ruling party can dump the PM and put in somebody else. Five years is a long time and all governments tend to become corrupted over that time unless their feet are constantly held to the fire.

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"Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion conceded to Harper early Wednesday."

She'll just have to go back to her singing career.

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Out of everything smith has written tonight....I'd have to say that this sticks out most:

I know that it's easy to try and bash another country when the team you support in your own is down; that's called deflection.

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coulrophobic: Ummm... 'Stephane' is a males not, not female. You showing your 'phobias' again? We know, from your past handles and getting the boot numerous times, that you are afraid of anything non-American, but come on.

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SuperLib: "Out of everything smith has written tonight....I'd have to say that this sticks out most:"

You're right, and coulrophobia is a shining example of this. His team in the US is down and out, so time to bash Canada. Of course, and what I think you meant, the idea that all bashing therefore means your team is out is just fool's logic. The reverse is not necessarily true.

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Canadian Elections are in gerenal are pretty boring but I prefer it that way, less losing sight of the issues to sensationalism and things like Obamania. Although Canada seems to be picking up on partisan styled politics with the left and right be coming polarized drone like sheeple at the cost of common sense.

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