Dave Pollard writes intelligent essays about environmental policy and about alternative business models. These aren’t happy, shiny, positive analyses of what the results could mean for Canada. NOTE: Just because I am excerpting quotes from blogs does not mean I necessarily agree with every point made.

I don’t know much about Ignatieff aside from the fact that he was plunked in his riding by Liberal party brass AND that he is not loved by a section of the Ukrainian electorate in his riding either. I hope the Liberal party will be sensible enough to get a strong leader who can be differentiated clearly from Harper and who can trully gel a solid opposition when need arises.

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“Harper was a great fan of Reagan and likes the discredited idea of ‘trickle-down’ economics — lavishing huge government gifts on the ultra-rich in the hope that maybe a bit of their excess wealth will trickle down to the little guy. They are also committed to much more defence (that’s how we spell it in Canada) spending and opting in to Bush’s loony, ineffective and absurdly expensive Star Wars program. And in another promised act of bribing taxpayers with their own money, he will cut the federal sales tax (GST) from 7% to 5%. This will be papered over with some ineffectual ‘get tough on crime’ bills and a new law to reduce the risk of corruption in government, which will create more work for auditors but otherwise accomplish nothing. All of this will cost a fortune, and, like Mulroney, the last Conservative prime minister, Harper will get Canada out of the black and into the red — watch for huge deficits during Harper’s administration.”

“With Paul Martin having resigned, the neocons have the chance to put one of their own at the head of the Liberals as well. Michael Ignatieff, an opportunist with dangerous right-wing views (he supports a ‘lite’ form of American imperialism as necessary to enable democracy in struggling nations, and approves of the use of torture to extract information and confessions from prisoners) has rushed back to Canada (he had been living in the US as a Harvard professor) and last night won a comfortable victory as a Liberal in a safe Toronto riding. He was parachuted into this nomination by the Liberal party establishment, to the outrage of the local Liberals, whose own candidate was forced out. He is now the odds-on favourite to succeed Martin as the next leader of the Liberal party.
If (when) this happens, Harper will have the chance to introduce some of his more extreme right-wing agenda items. My prediction is that Ignatieff’s victory, and his subsequent support of some of Harper’s very un-liberal proposals, will cause mass defections to the NDP from Liberal ranks, and create just the crisis Harper needs to try for a majority in the next election, probably early next year. Just as the moderate Conservatives were swallowed up by Harper’s right-wing Reform Alliance party, the moderate Liberals could then be swallowed up by the more progressive NDP.”

“What progressive Canadians can do:

* Demonstrate in the streets against Canadian participation in Star Wars — and have the damning facts about this wacko proposal so critics can’t argue you’re ‘just anti-American’.
* Get your opposition MPs to oppose tax cuts that will put Canada back into deficits — most Canadians are opposed to stealing from their children.
* Before he gets too cozy with the US neocons, keep reminding Harper (and the media) that the US still owes us $5B in illegally diverted duties on lumber exports — a theft hundreds of times larger than that pulled off by the handful of corrupt Liberals in the scandal that allowed Harper’s win.
* Join the Liberal Party and find a candidate, any candidate who can beat Ignatieff as the next Liberal leader. I’ll offer my recommendations next week.
* Get your MP, of any political stripe, to support an independent bill to introduce proportionate representation in federal elections.
* Until proportionate representation is introduced, consider getting the NDP and the Greens to merge into one party.

Once again, wherever you look, voters seem doomed to repeat past mistakes, and the parties and media seem determined to keep them uninformed. And you wonder why I am so often pessimistic about our future.”

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