Monday, August 10, 2015

Canadian Election

I defer to the voters on the analysis:

"Canada’s leader dissolves Parliament, sets October vote" Associated Press  August 03, 2015

TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative Party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power.

Analysts say the election is a tossup and Harper faces an uphill battle to form another majority government. If Harper wins, he would become the first prime minister since 1908 to win four consecutive elections. Harper has managed to nudge a traditionally center-left country to the right since coming to power in 2006.

He has gradually lowered sales and corporate taxes, avoided climate change legislation, supported the oil industry against the environmental lobby, increased military spending, and backed Israel’s right-wing government. He has deliberately avoided sweeping policy changes that could derail his government.

Wow, that analysis was spot on!

Harper, 56, said the election is about keeping Canadians safe from terrorist attacks and the economy strong.

A collapse in oil prices, a major export, has hurt the Canadian economy.

He said now is not the time for inexperience and ‘‘political correctness,’’ referring to the opposition leftist New Democrat Party.

Analysts say a minority government in the 338-seat Parliament is likely no matter what party wins the most seats in Parliament.


Another stinky campaign.