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Friday, December 5, 2008

All Harper, all the time

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 6:56 AM

So now we get seven weeks of Conservative attack ads, spreading lies and making the Canadian people even more uninformed than they have been. And they won't be countered by much in the way of coalition ads, because neither the Liberals nor the NDP have much money. Happy holidays!

Through this ordeal, I've been struck at how little Canadians know about their own political processes. In the October elections Stephen Harper received exactly 38,545 votes out of a total 13,669,857 cast. And yet I hear local people telling TV reporters that "we voted for Harper." No, nobody at all in Halifax voted for Harper.

Maybe they mean they voted for the Conservative party. Fine, but the Conservatives received just 37.63 percent of the vote; the coalition and their allies received 63.37 percent, the majority.

But Harper will no doubt spin this as an American-style election for president, and not parliamentary democracy in action.

It's sad that this will have such traction, and speaks to the poor state of civics education in this country.

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