Monday, November 28, 2005

There goes the neighborhood!

Well, hell.
The government of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin fell Monday evening when opposition parties united to topple him with a no-confidence vote. Martin's center-left Liberal Party has been dogged by a corruption scandal, in which it paid advertising firms with Liberal links more than $1 million with little or no work done in exchange. An election -- probably in January -- could now end 12 years of Liberal rule in America's largest trading partner.

Where'm I gonna move to NOW?


Blogger Ian McGibboney said...


November 28, 2005 10:10 PM  
Blogger Flamingo Jones said...

Will it still be there? What with global warming and all?

November 28, 2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

Well, the continent will be, at least. Santa Claus, on the other hand, is in trouble.

November 28, 2005 11:37 PM  
Blogger jenny said...

i have an idea about where ;)

November 29, 2005 1:09 AM  
Blogger Michel said...

Don't worry - you can still move here. Everything is going to be fine.

That said however, I think that your country needs more people like you (and Ian) there, in order to help tip the balance of power.

In the event that both of our countries go down the crapper...I hear that Norway is nice.

November 29, 2005 7:25 AM  
Blogger Flamingo Jones said...

I'd move to Sweden OR Norway.

Michel, you promise it's all going to be fine?

November 29, 2005 11:40 AM  
Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

You hear that, Jones? We're the future of our country! Now climb on the see-saw with me. My ass is getting imprinted by the fatasses on the other side. I don't mind if Canadians climb on too :D

November 29, 2005 11:47 AM  
Blogger Flamingo Jones said...

I know it....does it bother anyone else that the future of our country is obsessed with Joaquin Phoenix, likes shiny things and occassionally wears cartoon character underwear?

I'm talking about myself here people...I don't know if Ian's obsessed with Joaquin Phoenix or not.

November 29, 2005 11:51 AM  
Blogger Michel said...

Jones - I'm sure everything will be fine. The Conservative leader just brought up the issue of gay marriage again today - he will never win a majority by beating this dead horse.

I'm not sure about the Joaquin Phoenix thing (don't get me wrong, I like the guy), but I'm sure the world be a better place if more people wore cartoon character underwear. (I don't own any myself, but I'm buying the first pair of Speed Racer or Fat Albert boxers I can find.)

Ian - thanks for the invite.

November 29, 2005 5:10 PM  
Blogger wobbleboard said...

I thought Santa lived in the Arctic, not the Antarctic? If so, he's in even deeper trouble: there isn't a land mass to speak of up there after the ice melts.

And regarding Canada: From what I've heard there's a pretty good chance the Liberals will retain power after the election. They're a minority government anyway and will probably stay that way because Canada has four competitive parties (including secessionists in Quebec). I know this 'cause I watched PBS tonight! :)

November 29, 2005 8:00 PM  
Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

Wob, that's exactly what I meant. It's the North Pole that's in it deep, because it's not a continent like Antarctica.

Michel, would it be so bad if the Liberal Party didn't maintain power? Are the conservatives there neocon or otherwise as extreme as ours? I would hop not. But still hoping for a Lib victory.

November 29, 2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger Michel said...

Ian: no, it would not be so bad if the Liberals didn't maintain power. I would love to see an NDP government, but I don't honestly believe that that will ever happen in my lifetime. The only chance for any NDP initiatives (e.g. money for public health care, education, etc.) to see the light of day is for the Democrats to prop up a Liberal minority.

As for what would happen should the Conservatives get elected, my greatest fear is seeing the rise of Quebec separatism again. I sincerely doubt that the Cons would be able to get a member elected in Quebec - the Conservative power base is in the west. Even though Quebec nationalists, and some in the west share the desire for greater provincial autonomy, the west is often seen as anti-Quebec and vica versa.

Wow - sorry for boring everybody with this! I'll shut up now, and just sit back and watch the mud-sligning begin up here.


November 30, 2005 1:44 AM  
Blogger Michel said...

Oh yeah...Ian, I didn't answer your question about our cons vs. yours. The Conservative party here (a marriage of the right-of-centre Progressive Conservatives and the right-of-right-of-centre Canadian Alliance) may not seem as extreme as the ultracons in the U.S., but it is home for people who would like to bring the death penalty back, define marriage as being reserved for a man and a woman only - that kind of stuff. The Cons would have had us enter the war in Iraq as well. I may not like Jean Cretien (in fact, I really dislike the man), but I'm glad we didn't get caught up in that.


November 30, 2005 2:04 AM  
Blogger Flamingo Jones said...

I think it's interesting Michel!

We don't hear about this stuff any other way!

November 30, 2005 5:10 AM  
Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

Far from boring, it certainly is nice to know that Canadians (at least the many I know and/or talk to) are such active participants in a system that allows for such participation. Teamwork--I like it! Gives me hope for the future.

December 02, 2005 4:55 PM  

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