Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tired of politics Canadians let Harper off the leash...

Stephen Harper wanted a majority.  Canadians wanted a break from politics.  Last night both got their wish.  I won't rehash the results or gloat over my prediction of a Conservative majority with 162 seats...I got lucky. 

Its time now to sit back and let Stephen Harper and his Conservative party run the country, unfettered by an opposition that can topple him at any time.  Some might complain that with about 60% of the country voting against him, that he shouldn't have a majority...tough cookies.  Chrétien's Liberals won 3 consecutive majorities with less than 50% of the popular vote, 40% in a 5 party system is pretty impressive.

So what now?  Time to sit back and stop the sniping.  The Liberals can try to rebuild.  The NDP will have time to learn on the job, something that will be essential with so many rookie MPs. 

As for Stephen Harper and the Conservatives...in my books the biggest challenge will be keeping his promise to balance the books by the time we head to the polls again.  Of course there are a bevy of social Conservative supporters who are going to be hoping for action on things like same sex marriage and abortion. 

Our Prime Minister still has a tough balancing act, keeping the base happy while not alienating the majority, socially progressive Canadians.

I wish him luck and I mean that sincerely.

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