It's Election Season in Canada(?)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Babbler, Mar 23, 2011.

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Who would you vote for?

  1. Canadian - Conservative Party

    9.6%
  2. Canadian - Liberal Party

    16.0%
  3. Canadian - Bloc Quebecois

    1.1%
  4. Canadian - New Democratic Party

    11.7%
  5. Canadian - Green Party

    9.6%
  6. Canadian - Other Party/Independent

    1.1%
  7. Non-Canadian - Conservative Party

    11.7%
  8. Non-Canadian - Liberal Party

    7.4%
  9. Non-Canadian - Bloc Quebecois

    8.5%
  10. Non-Canadian - New Democratic Party

    9.6%
  11. Non-Canadian - Green Party

    7.4%
  12. Non-Canadian - Other Party/Independent

    6.4%
  1. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    Well my mom says it was not crowded because went at lunch and that its more crowded before and after work. I don't know how true that is.

    Also the little pencil they put in the voting box is much too small. If I was in charge of doing the voting boxes I would put bigger pencils in.
     
  2. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    I change ridings more often than we've been having elections, so there's not really any point in me personally voting for local candidates, rather than party platforms.
     
  3. History_Buff

    History_Buff Knight of Cydonia

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    Meh. As long as the parties are able and willing to whip votes, then I'd say voting for the party you like is far more important than the party they run for.

    Of course, it's thinking like that that gets Rob Anders elected year after year :p
     
  4. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Actually she does speak it some it seems - her father and grandfather were french speakers. She's a bit out of practice, but she tried to use some in her first interview ;-).

    Besides which, we elected Jean Chrétien prime minister any number of time, and (not even counting his pronunciation trouble thanks to his speech disability), he still didn't speak either official languages by any fair standards :p
     
  5. SimSimSalabim

    SimSimSalabim Chieftain

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    Aha, fair.
     
  6. Rub'Rum

    Rub'Rum Hates acronyms

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    So... New cabinet of ministers, pretty bland. Bev Oda keeps her job, wow. Bernier is back (for srlsy?), because Harper really has to use his decimated troops in Quebec, 5 of the 6 Qc tory deputies are ministers, Gourde, the last one, must feel like a pawn. Well, he does pretty much seem to be a clueless goldfish. Although Qc's Steven Blaney is another kind of Tory pawn, a Harper sockpuppet like few others. Now a minister.

    Also I like how they talk about leaving certain ministries as "promotions". Seriously, is a huge country covered by natural resources and agriculture run by ministers for these fields who are just waiting to be upgraded to more "awesome" jobs like finance, international affairs, industry and whatnot? I'm sorry, the person in charge of natural resources in *Canada* should be a guy who is a specialist in that field and wants to be there, not just a businessman or a lawyer waiting to get his promotion at a better job. Same for agriculture and the environment.
     
  7. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Isn't it four out of five? I thought the sixth conservative was ejected after a recount?

    In other news, if Ruth Elen Brosseau doesn't get booted out over alleged irregularities (after they are seen by a neutral, unbiased party, ie not the Bloc and Libs), I predict.

    1. She'll run again in 2015.
    2. She'll do so as a star candidate.
    3. And if she doesn't win, she'll still do very well.
     
  8. Rub'Rum

    Rub'Rum Hates acronyms

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    I may be wrong on "n", but it's definitely n-1/n.
     
  9. Taliesin

    Taliesin Puttin' on the Ritz

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    Four out of five Quebec CPC.

    Also, three defeated candidates were appointed to Senate. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development is from my riding :( I am proud to say I didn't vote for him.
     
  11. punkbass2000

    punkbass2000 Des An artiste

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    God save the Canadians.
     
  12. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    He speaks it well enough to give me one of the best laughs I've ever had while watching Newsworld. It was live coverage of the unveiling of Brian Mulroney's official portrait, and Chretien announced to the media: "We are gaddered togedder dis day to 'ang Brian Mulroney on Parliament 'ill..." :lol:

    You should have seen the expression on Mulroney's face... :mischief:

    Absolutely. Even though I didn't vote for him, I was furious that my now-former MP (Bob Mills) never got the Minister of Environment portfolio. He has a degree in biology, and was my Grade 12 biology teacher in high school. He knew a heckuva lot more about the environment than that airhead Rona Ambrose.
     
  13. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Of course, per everyone concerned there is only one seat that matters in that cabinet, and it's Harper's. Everyone else is there to do Harper's bidding.
     
  14. SuperBeaverInc.

    SuperBeaverInc. Groucho

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    All hail King Stephen
     
  15. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    Having "worked for her" for the last little while, I can vouch that she's actually quite competent as far as ministers go. Granted, the bar has been set pretty low (thank you, John Baird and Tony Clement), but she's got a good head on her shoulders.

    Bev Oda, on the other hand...
     
  16. Rub'Rum

    Rub'Rum Hates acronyms

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    A self-declared libertarian with a degree in political sciences taking decisions on the environment. No.
     
  17. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    She's still no airhead. There's a number of frankly stupid ministers, MPs, public servants and citizens out there. She ain't one of them.

    Sure she wasn't right for the Department of the Environment. But which one of them were? Scientists don't carry weight with politicians when their results contradicts government policy (less so when the Liberals were in power, but I would not be suprised to find out that they still shelved a number of reports), and there are few of us drawn to that end of the spectrum anyway. When we decided to "unpoliticize" ourselves and join the fray, then it will be a disgrace that a non-ecologist gets the job. Until then...

    At the risk of repeating myself, she's not stupid and she's a competent/decent minister. She was competent at Labour, she's been decent at Public Works. Will she remain so? No idea.

    But I would take her over 95% of Tory MPs out there, and probably over 80% of all MPs.
     
  18. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    I don't follow Clement super closely, but I've been pretty happy with his handling of CRTC-related stuff - what incompetence are you referring to?
     
  19. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    The census issue. As minister of Industry, he managed to turn a normally quiet and demure subset of the public service with one of the higest levels of sympathy for the Tories in the PS (StatCan) into being vocally united and publically dismissive of his person, his initiatives and his party. Dropped the ball, ministerially-speaking. Of course, just as with Ambrose at Environment, we shouldn't be surprised that his policies widely off the mark, because the Tories get non-scientists to advise the non-scientists who control the science-based departments.

    But Rona Ambrose still kept the respect and loyalty of her Department as she was turning it into a mouth-piece for her goverment's ridiculous environment policies, and that speaks to high competency, as far as ministers go. I mean, Environment is the den of anti-Tory sentiment in the PS...

    Your mileage may vary, of course.
     
  20. Arwon

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    The whole Census thing was pretty baffling and insane on the part of the Tories.
     

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