Canada’s Red State Revolution
Vol: 52 Issue: 27 Friday, January 27, 2006
Canadians, fed up with their national identity being reduced to, ‘we’re not the Americans’, threw out the Liberal government last week, handing power to the Conservative Party for the first time in more than a decade.
Canada’s government is a parliamentary system. That is to say, Canadians do not vote for an individual leader as in the case in the US. Individual voters cast ballots for their party’s candidate for that ‘riding’ (similar to a voting precinct).
When the voting is done, whichever party holds the majority of seats in the parliament chooses the national leader. When the Liberals held the majority, the national leader was Paul Martin, who succeeded Jean Chretien.
When the Republicans captured the White House in 2000, Canadian Liberals were as furious as were their liberal US counterparts, (and seemed, at least to me, to become just as unhinged).
As an interesting aside, I note that American liberals are returning the favor. Rosie O’Donnell called it “a sad day for Canada when the Liberal government has been ousted by the Republican Right.”
Rosie O’Donnell’s comment exposes the secret of liberal double-speak.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you are talking about, as long as your audience doesn’t either. Ignorance is bliss.
For the record, Canada doesn’t have a Republican party because Canada isn’t a republic, it is a democracy.
America, (where Rosie O’Donnell’s celebrity status somehow makes her smarter) isn’t a democracy, it is a Republic.
Canada has a Conservative Party, which corresponds to American Republicans only in that they share certain universal conservative values. Canadian conservatives oppose gun registration, gay marriage, unwarranted government intrusion, etc., as do most US conservatives, regardless of party affiliation.
New Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on record opposing the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouses gases and once referred to Canada as a “northern European welfare state” weighed down by too many social programs.
Canada’s official policy of ‘multiculturalism’ was the brainchild of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the flamboyant Liberal leader during Canada’s turbulent Sixties.
Nobody ever gave Trudeau enough credit for his political astuteness. Thanks to Trudeau, the waves of grateful immigrants that flooded to Canada’s largest cities parked their votes with the party who let them in, giving the Liberals the lock on the immigrant vote for decades.
Take a look at America’s Blue states. All the big cities are havens of multiculturalism as well as Democratic strongholds.
In Canada, all the big cities voted Liberal as well. The Conservative Party, for example, won no seats in Canada s three major cities: Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada’s mainstream media, (even more liberal than America’s) launched a propaganda barrage against the Conservatives and their leadership.
But all of rural Canada voted conservative, pretty much mirror imaging America’s Red State/Blue State electoral map.
Another interesting similarity between the two political revolutions is the role God plays in each.
George Bush’s profession of Christianity became a big election issue, with liberal Democrats darkly warning of a Bush theocracy. One liberal took the US electoral map and labeled the Red States ‘Jesus Land’. Every mainstream media story about Candidate Bush found a way to inject the words ‘evangelical’ and ‘fundamentalist’ somewhere.
In Canada, the mainstream media tried to demonize Harper by tying him to American Christian conservatives and saying Harper had a hidden religious agenda.
In both cases, the mainstream media failed to recognize that their audience shared that ‘hidden religious agenda’. Indeed, Harper concluded his victory speech using words unheard from any Canadian political leader in decades:
“God bless Canada.”