I’m just wondering if the federal government we will soon see in Canada will be similar to the one that is currently governing in Westminster, UK. Voting day is underway throughout Canada and there is quite a decent chance of seeing a “hung parliment”, like in The UK last year.
In The UK, there are three major parties. They are The Conservatives, The Labour Party and The Liberal Democrats. In Canada, the three main parties are The Conservatives, The Liberals and The New Democratic Party. I would say the idealogical crossovers make the following parties most comparable:
Right of centre: The Conservatives Canada, The Conservatives UK
Somewhat left of centre: The Liberals Canada, The Labour Party UK
Left of centre, most socialist: NDP Canada, The Liberal Democrats UK
Not too long before the election in The UK, during the three televised debates, The Liberal Democrats (most like The NDP) made huge gains on the other parties, mostly at the expense of Labour (most like the Liberals). The difference in The UK is that Labour (Liberals) were in power at the time.
Can we expect to see The Conservative party of Canada losing seats and the ability to effectively govern? Will they form a coalition with one of the other parties? While there are other parties in Canada besides those that I’ve listed, a coalition with The Green Party or Bloc Quebecois would probably not be viable or, in the latter case, upset the electorate outside of Quebec.
In Canada, The Liberals are the sworn enemy of The Conservatives. So will The Conservatives make an odd coalition with their idealogical opposites, The NDP rather than a more natural one with The Liberals? That’s what happened in The UK when The Conservatives formed an odd coalition with The Liberal Democrats. The result being that now most people hate The Liberal Democrats and their leader Nick Clegg because of the massive concessions they seem to have made. The impression the electorate are left with is that Nick Clegg gave away too much, broke too many manifesto pledges, just to be deputy PM.
Of course, none of this may happen, but I’ve seen parallels before.
Obama came into power under the banner of “Change”. Prior to The US Presidential Election, back in The UK, Tony Blair was vying for his second term against current Prime Minister David Cameron. Both leaders were pushing an agenda for “Change”.
Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, is also waving the banner of “change”.