Where good taste, clear and distinct ideas, and graceful modulations tend to be viewed with lowering suspicion.
posted by Tom Matrullo at Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I think it's probably best described as a tricky hairpin curve to the right, rather than a straight *right tur".Two things ... 1) our (more-or-less) traditional liberal governing party needs some renovation and rejuvenation .. my guess is that this will set the stage for a return to power in a couple of years. Canada is kinda like a multicultural diverse Holland with an awful lot of room. Quite a conservative people generally, with a bedrock foundatin of tolerance and reasonableness, with wild-ass streaks of brilliance here and there.This election was a chiding of the Liberals more than anything else .. eminently sensibly done wherein the reult was a minority government where the greatest gain in influence, arguably, was with the increased representation in Parliament of the NDP, which present-day Americans would consider only a half-step away from godless Communists.Minority governments are typically when most of the meaty and useful progressive legislation gets passed, because the damned lefties hold the balance of power.
Your description of Canada as a roomy Holland aligns with my scattered impressions - and yes, tolerant and reasonable to the extent that an act of political chiding might actually bear fruit. But when one hears about the fact that a few murders in Toronto have brought a wave of revulsion towards the libs, one has to wonder how far, or near, Canada's famed placidity lies from/to the USian penchant for panicky flight to disciplinarian social outlooks.
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