History will judge Stephen Harper’s minority governments harshly I believe. He could yet wind up with a majority, depending on the way these vote splits go. He could yet be a great Prime Minister, with a majority at hand.
I don’t mind the prospect of Conservative majority; I’d welcome it in the normal course. But this one time, I’m going to take a lot of pleaseure out of not voting for them.
Although I didn’t vote for the Conservatives in the last election in order to send a message (DO YOU HEAR ME NOW, HARPER?), I would have voted for them them in a heartbeat if the outcome of a Harper government was remotely in question (getting the majority was a plus).
For all the annoyance we display here with the current state of politics in North America (see this great post), one difference between Canadian and American politics that I’ve come to appreciate over the past 5 years is that Canada is clearly better governed. See the latest cover of Maclean’s, How Ottawa Runs on Oil. The paralysis that you see south of the border is simply not present north of the 49.
As an aside, I’ve come to appreciate the Founding Fathers more. When America veers to widely as result of fundamentalists on either end of the political spectrum, at least the system seems to be designed to create paralysis however inefficiently, as opposed to letting one side hold untrammeled power over the other.
Give me Peace, Order and Good Government over Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness any day.
Anyway, where was I going with this post? Oh yeah. I hope Mulcair wins. He’s the only viable candidate the NDP has who can lead the Official Opposition effectively. It will be a sad day for the country if some other candidate wins. Mulcair is the only one who can keep Harper honest.
Something which Harper needs, and just maybe will allow him to be a truly great prime minister.