Politics in Canada, One Year Later
Tuesday January 23rd 2007, 12:47 pm

It has been one year today since the Federal election on January 23, 2006, when the Conservatives won a minority government. The jury is still out on whether they have been an improvement over the Liberal government, because they have been in power only one year. So far, they appear to be better than I thought they would be, even though they are behind the Liberals, according to recent public opinion polls, everywhere but Alberta. They realize that with a minority government, they can’t tread on too many toes, as changes must be supported in Parliament by the other parties.

Last year I was tired of the dishonesty and patronage scandals by the Liberals, but I still wasn’t ready to vote for a right wing party from Alberta. They were too closely linked to the religious right Reform Party, who were indeed scary. Garth Turner, who knows a lot more than I do about Stephen Harper, feels that the Reform Party has, in fact, formed this government. I hope he is wrong, but time will tell. Religion and politics should not mix in any government, as it is the reason for most of the problems and turmoil in the world today.

Stephen Harper comes across as being competent, hard working and honest. Being honest and avoiding patronage becomes more difficult for politicians the longer they are in power. A successful politician eventually feels they must show appreciation to the people who have contributed to their election and their party. This is what happened to the Liberals, and I hope Stephen Harper and the Conservatives can avoid this pitfall, which usually means the end of their power, as soon as it becomes known by electorate.

If there is an election within the next few months, I would strongly consider voting Conservative, but I hope I don’t have to make that decision for at least a year or two. I need more time to decide whether they are good for Canada. I like the new Liberal leader, Stephane Dion, even though I find his strong accent annoying. Maybe I just need more time to get used to it. The more I listen to him, the more I like him.

I am optimistic that Canada will do well, regardless of which party is in power. For the most part, our politicians try to do what is best for Canada. After all, it is the best country to live in in the world, now and hopefully, in the future.

Have a good day,
Anne