Monday, May 2, 2011

Canada's Election Results and What it Means

Tonight was very historic in several ways:

  1. Canada now has a green party in parliament, which means that the broadcasting consortium cannot pull a fast one on democracy and ban the green party from the debate again.
  2. The NDP are the official opposition party with >100 seats.
  3. The BQ cannot muddy the federal level politics as they won less than 5 seats.
  4. Unfortunately the Conservatives also one a majority.
With the conservatives having full reign of parliament for the next 4 years, this means that we will see continuing billions of subsidies for billion dollar oil corporations.  This will see further spending on military efforts as opposed to peace keeping efforts.  This means that you will not see a dedicated force for providing guaranteed transit and municipal funding which is desperately needed.  This means that conservancy efforts will not be at the forefront.  The conservatives have no motivation to change our broken first-past-the-post electoral system.  They will increase penalties needlessly for petty crimes such as the possession of crime, more prisons will be built and more people will fill those prisons.  This means that when action is needed to fight climate change, it will not be done as quickly as needed.  The rich will continue to get richer will the poor can barely get by.  Finally Canada's reputation internationally will continue to be tarnished.

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