Canadian Chaos Ensues
Meanwhile, in Canada, the Liberal government has fallen. The Bloc Quebecois want to sucede from the Confederation, the Conservatives are demanding their turn at the toy chest, and the NDP is complaining about the size of their allowance from the Liberals, causing the minority government to fall on a no-confidence motion.
In the election campaign to follow, I don’t suspect much will change. The Bloc Quebecois will continue to dominate the French province of Quebec. The Conservatives will still win the Prairie States, while failing to pick up all that much ground in Ontario. The NDP will have their best showing in British Columbia, but fall short of their expectations.
This leaves the Liberals and the rest of the Parliament pretty much where it’s been since last year. And if you think about it, the only reason there is a minority government now instead of when Chretien was in power was because there were two conservative parties then. The country has been largely stuck in neutral since 1993, with only a distinct change coming after the Alliance-PC merger in 2003. I don’t expect this to change in January 2006.