8.09.2015

Canada's Election - Why Americans Should Care

Amid the buzz of the upcoming race for the White House, in which public focus has been on such vital issues as the Donald Trump/Megan Kelly feud, is another election campaign which Americans should be keeping an eye on.

Canada has just entered one of its longest federal election races in its history with an almost-80 day campaign leading to the eventual October 19th vote.

Why should Americans care?  There are many reasons.

Since 2006, Canada has been governed by the Conservative party, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  In that time and with his first term in a minority situation, Harper has steered the nation through the choppy global economic waters to rest at or near the top in G8 rankings.

GDP has grown, and Canada’s middle class is the wealthiest of the big nations.  Of the contenders, only Harper’s Conservatives have pushed the Keystone XL pipeline hard (only to be frustrated by a wishy-washy American president).

On the global stage, Harper has transformed Canada’s image from one of unarmed peacekeepers into a strong and respected voice.  We were fighting ISIL before fighting ISIL was cool. 

At a time when the relationship between the White House and Israel is strained like never before, Harper continues to be an extremely vocal supporter and ally, to which many politicians and pundits alike have referred to him as Israel’s closest friend and the ‘unofficial leader of the free world’ in the Obama administration’s absence.

PM Harper speaks at the Knesset: https://youtu.be/AfNd6jJpEMg

Here’s where Americans should pay attention.

The New Democrat party, a leftwing don’t-call-us-socialist party led by Thomas Mulcair, is capitalizing on a growing public sentiment that the Conservatives, especially Harper, have overstayed their welcome.  Contentious issues such as criminal investigations into some Senators and a very controversial bill C51, basically an anti-terror law, has stirred up opposition even from within some conservative voting circles.

Early into the campaign, numerous polls show the Conservatives and the NDP running neck and neck, with several showing an NDP victory.

The third party in this scenario is the federal Liberal party, led by the blatantly under-qualified Justin Trudeau, whose looks and historical name (his father Pierre was a well-known and very controversial Prime Minister in the 1970’s and early 1980’s) are the basis of his run.

But he might be enough to swing the balance of power.

If Canada chooses to turf Harper and the Conservatives, America would have a neighbour ruled by a government very similar in thinking to Obama.  Environmentalism would rule all decisions, spending would increase, and Israel would be looking for a new best friend yet again.

The Keystone would no doubt be resigned to the history pages from this end.

The failed methods of dealing with such issues as ISIL would spread from Washington, DC to Ottawa.  Trudeau, for example, says he supports the Allied bombing of ISIL but is against bombing ISIL.  He also suggested Canada’s contribution to the effort against the terrorists should be to send winter parkas to the Mideast, if that helps clear things up for you.

The real danger is in the NDP.  Led by a man known more for being ‘angry’ than workable ideas or even charisma, the top challenger might impress enough of the low-infos and the disgruntled to win.

A leftwing socialist Canada partnered with a possible Hillary Clinton America would be a worst-case scenario for both countries.

It could be devastating domestically, and it certainly would do nothing to re-establish confidence in places like Israel.



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