Conservative Majority, NDP Opposition, Politics Is Fun Again

They say the third time’s a charm and that was the case for Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party of Canada. After two minority governments, the Tories have finally won their majority mandate, winning 167 of the 305 seats. We can now look forward to a stable government that will keep the economic recovery on track instead of wondering when we’ll be going to the polls again.

Reading some of the tweets from all the Liberal and NDP whiners provided some nice entertainment tonight. They’re wondering how the Conservative can win a majority when 60% of Canadians didn’t vote for them (answer: more than two parties were running) and they’re calling for electoral reform, recount, proportional representation, etc. My reply to all this: There are three types of people in this world.

  1. Those who make things happen
  2. Those who watch things happen
  3. Those who wonder what happened

Whiners are almost always in the second and third groups. While I like to think that my endorsement of the Conservative Party won the majority for them, I know that’s not the case. However, I was doing my part to make things happen. If the Conservative didn’t win, I wouldn’t have whined about it or call for electoral reform, proportional representation or any of those other crap.

A huge congrats goes to Jack Layton and his Non Democratic Party for becoming the Official Opposition. You had to move your party pretty close to center and abandon some of your socialist ideals but hey, you’re finally number two! With a Conservative majority and NDP opposition, politics in Canada just got fun again! I’m looking forward it.


31 thoughts on “Conservative Majority, NDP Opposition, Politics Is Fun Again”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    I’m just tired of having to vote every year and a half. It’s a waste of taxpayer money to boost these idiots’ egos.

    As I mentioned, I don’t think the Conservatives have done a very good job with Canada. There’s gaping holes in their strategy but at the same time, they haven’t been horrible and for the time being, I’m okay with that. Maybe when the current crop of party leaders is phased out we can see some real change and with the conservatives in power for at least 4 years, well…at least we won’t have to vote in November.

    1. Enoch says:

      And in fairness, it is difficult to do a whole lot when you’re a minority government. Now they get to prove themselves. If they fail, there’s always recall.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        I am not familiar with the Canadian government structure. But, at least in the US, it can still be difficult even when the party has a super majority, even more so if only a simple majority.

        I personally think there should not BE political parties. George Washington said it much better than I could:

        “They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.”
        “However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

    2. Michael says:

      You’re going back to the polls in November for municipal elections in the lower mainland 😛

    3. Ego is what makes most people run for political office in the first place.

      1. Hey Justin,

        There are also noble people who want to change things for the better. Ego is involved almost in everything, it’s just the matter of it’s size.

        I wouldn’t judge anybody without giving them a chance to show what they can do. Just because somebody is running for office doesn’t make their ego any bigger than normal.

        Their ego may grow though if they succeed. But not necessarily.

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        Yes. The political party systems themselves are primarily devised by and also strongly enable such egotistical people to seize power. (See my other comment above)

        Why should there be only two sets of mostly diametrically-opposed beliefs? I happen to agree with quite a bit of what “liberal” politicians claim to support, while also agreeing with quite a lot of, perhaps more of, what “conservative” politicians claim to support. I also understand that very few of them actually believe what they claim, and even fewer will hold fast to what they believe.

    4. I agree that having 4 elections in 7 years was pretty ridiculous and costly. Having some stability for the next 4 years is good for everybody except those people that John calls whiners.

      1. Mathew Day says:

        That’s a lot of elections in such a short time. Hopefully things go well the next 4 years.

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        These are 4 of the “top level” elections in that time? How can any public servant learn their new job and get anything done in those short time spans?

    5. I think everybody that makes their own living is tired or the taxes and government wanting more and more. Things will go conservative for the near future.

  2. Conservatives are #1!!!

  3. JOHN says:

    60 per cent of canadians vote against them lets have proportional representation gee Liberal supporters how it feel to be number 3 instead of 1 or 2 never once heard you mention proportional government whe n you were 1 or 2 maybe now you can eat crow and maybe start to think you serve Candians nots yourself

  4. Thomas says:

    To sum up what you said, it means TAKE ACTION!” Don’t sit on the sideline, complain, and watch life pass you by.

    1. Don’t ever let life just pass you by.

  5. fas says:

    Politics is plain boring and stupid IMO.

    1. Stephan says:

      So is your comment.

  6. Too much power had been given to the weak , whiny, and non-accountable ones. A stable Government that cooperates with it’s people is what is needed now. Move on and move forward.

  7. billg says:

    No party should have majority power when 60% voted against them. Canada needs instant run-off voting

    1. John Chow says:

      I bet you weren’t saying that when the LIB won 3 majorities in a roll with less than 40%? Don’t like it? Go do something about it. Or you can keep whining. It’s easier.

    2. Kevin Kimes says:

      More evidence demonstrating the weaknesses of party systems.

      Votes are never “against” something. You cannot guarantee that any vote for the third or fourth (etc) options would go to the second option if the others were not available.

  8. Katy says:

    People who wonder what happenED…because they went to school. Maybe if we had a better government our schools would be better and you would know how to spell.

    1. A comment like this is a cheap shot. And blaming the government for everything and wanting the government to do everything for you is pathetic. Some people never grow up I guess and you may be one of them.

    2. Government schools are never the answer.

  9. Doug says:

    LOL – we are screwed now – when Harper finally gets to push through his free trade with North Korea (which by the way is run by a vicious dictator known as Kim Jong Il) we will no longer have the middle class – can’t wait to hear the conservative supporters to start whining when he shows his true intentions

  10. exsuit says:

    Liberals should be ashamed of themselves in how they have run their party into the ground. I mean NDP with 100 seats just says what a disaster the Liberals have become.

    Either way, nothing really changes in Canada between the 3 parties (perhaps a more conservative budget with the current party), so its better to not waste any more tax dollars on these nonsense shows these clowns put on.

    1. Liberals have run the United States into the ground as well.

  11. Mathew Day says:

    Good to hear, I hope things continue to go well. 🙂

  12. PPC Ian says:

    Thanks for sharing, John. I don’t know much about the political situation in Canada, so these posts are quite interesting.

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