PERSON OF THE WEEK - Jan. 22-29, 2006
On Monday, the Canadian People finally threw the Liberal Party out of the Prime Minister's office. After years of corruption and scandal, they handed the Conservatives (or Tories) 122 seats in Parliament and moved opposition leader Stephen Harper into 24 Sussex Drive (For my fellow yanks, that's the Prime Minister's house).
Many pundits speculate that the election results do not indicate a surge in support of conservative values, but simply dissatisfation with the status quo. While this may be true to some extent, I sdon't buy it as a total explanation for the Conservative victory. Canadians flocked to the Conservative Party in droves; they didn't do it reluctantly, they weren't hyponotized into voting Tory, and I doubt that many of them cringed as they marked their ballots. Instead, I think that many of the Conservatives' platforms resonated with the people. Harper wants a stronger military, lower taxes, and a goverment that is more accountable to the people (He even wants Canadians to ... gasp... elect their own senators!). These are not radical positions, they are just plain common sense.
If you still think I'm blowing hot air, consider this: Before this election, the Conservatives were considered a total non-factor in the province of Quebec. They didn't win a single seat there in the last election, and they were only given an outside chance of winning more than two this time. Despite such dire predictions, the conservatives took 10 SEATS IN QUEBEC! (Note: There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for hell's first outdoor ice rink tommorow at 1:oo PM.)
Conservative values are on the march around the world, with conservatives making gains in Germany, New Zealand, Britain, and now Canada. So, for helping free Canada from the shackles of the Liberal Party, Prime Minister designate Stephen Harper is ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week.
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