Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Well That Was Surprising

Tory majority. We'll suffer through four or five years of penny-pinching mean-spiritedness for masses, buying fighter jets and building prisons so the elite can feel powerful. How bad can it get? I am not really sure of that.

Of course I blame the Green Party.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Pretty bad, that's how.

So much for my 'escape to Vancouver' plan.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

How bad can it get?

See Bush, 2001-2009. Said the same thing then.

Substance McGravitas said...

The nature of Canadian government is such that people who live in good places already should do okay; we've got a bunch of social programs on the national level of course but there's provincial autonomy in a way that US southern states would gnash their teeth over. And a very real and important influence on mostly-urban Canadians is their civic government.

So if the national social programs don't get gutted we should do okay. The conservative backbenchers can be pretty radical but I don't think Harper is as stupid as they are. We'll see.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Welcome to Stupidland, SMcG!

One of us! One of us!

Substance McGravitas said...

The interesting thing is the Tory heartland really is stupidland, in terms of cities you'd want to live in. Calgary and Edmonton keep getting uglier and sprawlier without adding reasons to visit their city centres. It's like you have to wake those people up and show them places where you don't have to drive for an hour to see a movie.

M. Bouffant said...

The hr.-long drive is in the interest of Big Oil.

M. Bouffant said...

So loose federalism drives fellow sufferers in the north to urban centers, turning them to commies or worse? Hmmm. Tell that to American reactionaries.

A case could be made for the elimination of bogus provincial/state gov'ts. entirely, as long as power actually devolved to local & regional levels.

Oh damn, always a qualifier.

Substance McGravitas said...

We're a pretty wealthy nation with a lotta land and few people to populate it: turns out that when you know you can live a reasonable life near other people instead of in some godforsaken wasteland you do that.

It's not a policy result but a preference.

One of the things that surprised me about living in Iowa was how full it was. Sure it was a buncha small towns, but there seemed to be more people and more towns just around every bend in the highway, so it wasn't like the expanses in the west of Canada.