And there you have it...
My Conservative friends got their wish - sort of.
While I am sure there are those out there that are still worried about the new CPC government, I am not. With the balance of seats, I am actually quite opptomistic.
Things that will likely get done (if I may be permitted to dust off my crystal ball):
- A federal Accountability Act will be passed.
- In order for the above, our next election will be based on Proportional Representation
- We will all get a tax cut. It will only be negotiated how we get it - will it be the tax cuts delivered in the mini-budget (as supported by the NDP and the Liberals) or GST cuts? Somewhere in between.
- Families will recieve an extra $1000 to $1200 per year for childcare as part of their child tax credit
- Mandatory Minimum sentences will introduced.
- In order for the above to happen, more federal money will be used for programs to prevent youth from entering the gang and crime cultrue in the first place
- The Ports police will be re-instated.
- Border Guards will be armed.
That's pretty productive if you ask me.
Now, I am definitely not afraid of the so-called "so-con agenda" rearing its head. Firstly, the numbers are too slim and many things the social conservative wing of the party would like to do simply will not pass. Also, the inclusion of some of the new Quebec and Ontario members (like John Baird) will have a moderating affect on the party. There are simply more "Red Tories" now - fiscal conservatives rather than social conservatives. That combined with the CPC loses in BC, which removed some social conservatives from caucus and defeated most of the fundementalist religious elements that were running for the CPC, means that the fiscal conservatives now hold sway.
Basically Canadians voted for changes but not radical change. And that is what I believe the next parliament will deliver. While stumping for my local NDP candidate, I saw in most of the all-candiates meetings that the candidates agreed with each other more often than they differed. I honestly think that that will translate into a good working parliament.
Change is niether good nor bad, but constant. It is not the change that is important but how we deal with it. Lets be postive about this change and even though we may disagree with eachother, we can certainly find consensus and make this work.
Unbelievers, go to the BPOC and see how Dippers, Cons and even the occasional Liberal can come together and actually come up with good policy. Dazz's site is the example the government and the opposition should follow.