OMGBEES wrote:Am I crazy for thinking that Canadian politics seem a lot more complex than US....?
Well I believe you guys is a bit more straight forward. At least you get to actually vote for who you want to be president while we just elect MPs in our riding, each MP who gets voted in gets a seat in the House of Commons and the party with the most seats won gets to govern and traditionally the leader of the party gets to be PM.
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I think its harder for a 3rd political party to break into the states because you have different funding rules. Up here each vote a party gets earns that party $1.95 so in essence theres public funding of political partys to ensure the funding is not just from private backers IE big business.
Your president is your head of state while we have the Governor General, shes the Queens rep. Shes kinda of a plan B. If a majority government gets into power shes really not needed, but in the case of today we have a minority government, the Conservatives only got 33% of the popular vote and they are in power. But since the opposition combined got 67% of the vote, if the ruling party doesn't try to get along with them well the government falls. When that happens the GG usually calls another election, but if its just a few weeks since we had an election, the GG can ask the opposition if they can get the confidence of the house and if so they get to rule ... ok yah that probably bored the hell out of you.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/12/ ... -jean.html
He actually did it. That chicken shit of a prime minister stopped parliament from having a vote. A vote that would have cost him his job title. The economy is in a mess, people are worried about their jobs and hes more concerned about just staying in power. Its unprecedented that a prime minister would get parliament shut down just to avoid a confidence vote. I taste bile in my mouth from this!!!
The country is flipping the fuck out.
I always thought it was weird that in the states some news stations use the word "liberal" like its a swear word. There seems to be deep divides and contempt between Dems and Republicans and its never really been that negative up here.
But since Harper its been changing. The new conservative party has made negative attacks ads normal up here which never really worked, normally that shit turns Canadians off ... ((totally back fired on the PCs back in the day when JC was running))
But this man is tearing the country apart from his attempts to keep his strangle hold on power.
Hes turning East against West.
French against English.
Nobody outside of Quebec likes the Bloc but god damn it they were elected by the people of Quebec and last time I checked they are still part of Canada and their voice deserves to be heard.
Harpers been lambasting the coalition for getting support from separatists. Which is a word he has chosen not to use until now. It carries alot of negativity with it, when you say separatist your basically calling someone a dirty son of a bitch who wants to break up the country. Usually he uses the word "nationalist" which he is still doing in his French addresses but to us English folk he wants to get our blood boiling and go for the easy Quebec bashing.
Alberta is pissed the fuck off. Out of all provinces it is the one with the most blind party loyalty. Its our Texas so I bet you can guess who they’ve sided with.
I just can't believe this bs is going to be put off till January because our glorious leader is afraid of democracy.
And now we'll be subjected to propaganda and attack ads from the conservatives. They never try and get their message across that their policies are better. Its just dirty partisan attacks ......
I always felt sorry for the yanks having to put up with that shit during the Bush era and I never dreamed, I never thought for a second anything like that would happen up here.
But here it is.
When the shit hits the fan it sure as hell stinks.